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Monitoring Human Impact in Show Caves. A study of Four Romanian Caves

Version 1 : Received: 31 December 2020 / Approved: 4 January 2021 / Online: 4 January 2021 (10:26:38 CET)

How to cite: Constantin, S.; Moldovan, O.T.; Mirea, I.C.; Petculescu, A.; Arghir, R.A.; Mantoiu, D.Ș.; Kenesz, M.; Robu, M. Monitoring Human Impact in Show Caves. A study of Four Romanian Caves. Preprints 2021, 2021010007 Constantin, S.; Moldovan, O.T.; Mirea, I.C.; Petculescu, A.; Arghir, R.A.; Mantoiu, D.Ș.; Kenesz, M.; Robu, M. Monitoring Human Impact in Show Caves. A study of Four Romanian Caves. Preprints 2021, 2021010007

Abstract

(1) Background: Show caves are unique natural attractions and touristic traffic can trigger their degradation within a very short time. There are no universal solutions to counter the effects of the touristic impact upon cave environment and both protection protocols and management plans have to be established on a case-by-case basis; (2) Methods: The study includes four show caves from the Romanian Carpathians, where monitoring of the number of visitors, paralleled by the monitoring of the main physico-chemical parameters of the air and water (CO2, temperature, humidity, drip rate, conductivity, and pH) was implemented; (3) Results and Conclusions: The results of the study has: (i) established a monitoring protocol to be applied to each of the four show caves; (ii) established a set of basic principles to be enforced by the management of show caves; (iii) issued a set of preventive measures and instructions to be followed by the personnel and stakeholders of the caves.

Subject Areas

cave; microclimate; monitoring; sustainable management; Carpathians; Romania

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