Central European Glaciotectonic
Database and Map Project

GAGE Work Group
INQUA Commission on Glaciation


The central European glaciotectonic database and map project includes Poland, eastern Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Byelarus, Ukraine, Russia and adjacent territories bordering the southern and eastern margins of the Baltic basin. The aim of this project is to compile a comprehensive GIS database on glaciotectonic features. Related geographic and geologic features will be included. The glaciotectonic database will be integrated with digital elevation models and satellite imagery. The goals of this project are to create the first region-wide assessment of the types and distribution of glaciotectonic phenomena, which can be evaluated in the overall geologic context of ice-sheet glaciation in the southern and eastern Baltic region of Europe.


Dr. Andrzej Ber is overall leader of the central European glaciotectonic project, and local coordinators are responsible for compiling information from each portion of the region. These leaders are listed below.


Project status

Organizational meetings have been held in the region. A meeting for Polish contributors took place in Jan. '96, at which time a classification scheme and map legend were agreed upon for glaciotectonic features. All project coordinators met in Sept. '96 at Palanga, Lithuania. At this meeting, the Geological Institute of Poland was selected to be the center of coordination for the project. Base maps have been selected, and information has been submitted for some areas. Discussions are underway concerning technical aspects of GIS--data entry, software, etc.

A project-leaders' conference and field trip were held in southwestern Poland, Aug. 31 to Sept. 5, 1997. The meeting took place near Wroclaw in connection with the IV Conference on Stratigraphy of the Polish Quaternary. At this meeting, the status of glaciotectonic mapping was reviewed for each region, and the following decisions were reached.

  1. General agreement on overall classification scheme for glaciotectonic features. Main classes will apply to the whole area of mapping, but each region may develop appropriate subclasses.

  2. Regional leaders are needed for eastern Germany and the Kaliningrad sector of Russia.

  3. Minimum scale for compilation of data on base maps is 1:500,000. Larger scales may be utilized where appropriate.

  4. March 31, 1998 will be the schedule for preliminary submission of glaciotectonic data to A. Ber.

  5. Digitizing and editing of GIS database will take place at Polish Geological Institute under supervision of W. Gogolek.

  6. Final products and map publications will be decided later. A preliminary map should be ready for demonstration in Sept. 1998, and near-final maps will be displayed at the INQUA Congress in Aug. 1999 (South Africa).

Substanital progress was demonstrated at the GAGE conference in Sept. 1998--see Warsaw 1998. At this meeting, preliminary national maps were presented for Belarus, Estonia, Germany (northeastern sector), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia (Kaliningrad sector), and the Ukraine. During the following year, these and other maps were revised and further developed. Compilation and regional map production will be carried out at the Polish Geological Institute. Revised, near-final maps were displayed at the INQUA Congress in 1999.

For more information about this webpage, contact J.S. Aber: aberjame@emporia.edu.
Last updated: 23 Sept. 1999; return to GAGE homepage