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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


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  • Eisenwurzen National Geopark, Austria

Due to the country’s central European location and its proximity to the Alps and the various terrains that are present there, Austria abounds in geological intricacies and is involved in many earth sciences research projects.

The ecosystems that the country harbours are many and varied. Austria currently has six biosphere reserves listed with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme, and is involved in a project that aims to analyse mountain ecosystems – particularly important in this mountainous country.

Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.



- Northern European Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (Northern European FRIEND)

- World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) Danube River Basin case study More


People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Global Change and Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE)  

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)


Earth Sciences

- National Geoparks

- Triassic Time and Trans-Panthalassan Correlations (IGCP, Project 467

- Au-Ag-telluride-selenide deposits (IGCP, Project 486)

- GIS metallogeny of Central Asia (IGCP, Project 473)

- The Rheic Ocean: Its origin, evolution, and correlatives (IGCP, Project 497)

- Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate (IGCP, Project 499

- Global correlation of A-type granites and related rocks, their mineralization, and significance in lithospheric evolution (IGCP, Project 510)

- Neoproterozoic Ice Ages (IGCP, Project 512

- Karst Aquifers and Water Resources (IGCP, Project 513)

- Rapid Environmental/Climate Change in the Cretaceous Greenhous World: Ocean-Land Interaction (IGCP, Project 555)

- Diamonds, xenoliths and kimberlites (IGCP, Project 557)


Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

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