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Title: Monitoring human impact in show caves. A study of four romanian caves
Authors: Constantin, Silviu
Mirea, Ionuţ-Cornel
Petculescu, Alexandru
Arghir, Răzvan Adrian
Măntoiu, Dragoș Ștefan
Kenesz, Marius
Robu, Marius
Moldovan, Oana Teodora
Keywords: Cave;Microclimate;Monitoring;Sustainable management;Carpathians;Romania
Issue Date: Feb-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Sustainability, 2021, 13 (4), 1619
Abstract: (1) Background: Show caves are unique natural attractions and touristic traffic can trigger their degradation within a short time. There are no universal solutions to counter the effects of the touristic impact upon the 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 physicochemical 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 have: established a set of basic principles to be enforced by the management of show caves and issued a set of preventive measures and instructions to be followed by the personnel and stakeholders of the caves.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su13041619
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Type: Article
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