In order to channel the work within IGCP Project 499 which covers a wide range of scientific disciplines we started to establish different working groups which will provide a better coordination with respect to forthcoming activities (e.g. field meetings, workshops). These working groups should either cover palaeoenvironmental settings or individual disciplines. However, in spite of such a technical subdivision, our aim is just the to encourage interrelated activities. Consequently, establishing new working groups is welcome at every time but should be announced to the project leaders! All participants may lead such groups or propose them.
Terrestrial realm (coordinator: Volker Wilde, Frankfurt)
Focus will be set _mce_on terrestrial settings (e.g., palaeosoils) as well as on the immediate transitional settings, such as coasts, lagoons, estuaries, etc.
Major working fields/disciplines are: Palaeontology (palaeobotany, palynology, palaeozoology), palaeopedology, terrestrial sedimentology.
Transitional/shallow marine realm (coordinator: Eberhard Schindler, Frankfurt)
As already indicated by the heading, there is no sharp discrimination possible to either the landward or the open marine side. All aspects of research on the processes and/or correlation of the rocks belonging to similar or different facies have to be considered.
Major working fields/disciplines are: Palaeontology (palynology, palaeozoology, palaeoichnology), sedimentology/facies analysis, stratigraphy/correlation.
Outer shelf/open marine realm (coordinator: Peter Koenigshof, Frankfurt)
Similar to the preceding paragraph, there is a wide transitional zone to the shallow marine side. The main topics within this setting are very similar to the previously mentioned items. Reefs surely have a special impact in this setting.
Major working fields/disciplines are: Palaeontology (palaeozoology), sedimentology/facies analysis, stratigraphy/correlation, reefs, bioerosion.
Geochemical studies are important for all areas of Devonian research and may be split into two "sub-units” for which two colleagues agreed to act as coordinators:
As pointed out above, nobody of the participants should hesitate to set up another working group or promise to do so!
In addition to these thematic working groups a good number of colleagues have already agreed to act as regional coordinators for the IGCP 499 Project. The status of these working groups is very different. There may be formal working groups related to existing formal organisations (e.g., for Spain, or Russia). On the other hand, individual colleagues may act as personal coordinators who just agree to set up the group and take care of the results (e.g., providing lists of activities and publication etc.).
The following list shows the ‘state of the art’ with respect to regional working groups and their leaders (for contact, please, see list of participants):
Australia - J.A. Talent (Sydney)
There is a standing offer to start a group for South America in 2006.