Lake sediment investigations are currently concentrating on lake Chatyr-Kul in estern Kyrgyzstan, and on the Sary-Chelek Lake in the Chatkal Mountain Range (W-Kyrgyzstan), which has over 200 meter water depth and formed by a huge landslide of unknown age.
From various sub-basins of the Sary-Chelek short gravity cores were obtained with varved sediments. A thick slump found at the base of the cores is most likely caused by a major historical earthquake (Chatkal 1946 AD). As part of student qualification work, the landslide damming the Sary-Chelek, and some associated smaller lakes are currently being examined in more detail. Since 2013, various limnological and meteorological parameters have been measured in and around the Sary-Chelek. These data sets are used to understand the current dynamics of the lake and the paleoclimate proxy data obtained from lake sediments. With its seasonally stratified sediments the Sary-Chelek is a unique climate archive in the region and is to be examined in an even more intensive limnological and sedimentological manner in the future.
Dr. Ryskul Usubaliev, Aiperi Zhumalieva (CAIAG Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Prof. Oliver Korup, Katrin Langenwalter (University Potsdam)
Dr. Katja Lindhorst, Dr. Stefan Lauterbach (University Kiel)
Ecenali Ormonaliev, Toktonaly Zunusov (Sary-Chelek National Reserve Authority, Arkit, Kyrgyzstan)
Dr. Martina Stebich (Senckenberg Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology Weimar, Germany)
Dr. Natalia Ershova (Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonian University Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Gulbara Omorova (Hiking Society, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Prof. Ermek Baibagyshev (National Agrarian University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Dr. Kanayim Teshebaeva (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
GFZ, Global Change Observatory Central Asia