Become a scientist researcher for a WE
The CREA is a French NGO based in Chamonix since 1996. Its goals are (1) to promote and carry out research on alpine ecosystems in particular around the Mont-Blanc, (2) to avail this research to the largest audience possible and to sensitize the general public, the decision-makers and the media to mountain ecosystems, climate change and scientific observation. For this, the CREA uses different tools including participatory science whereby citizens and school children collect data for studies on climate change in mountain environment.
Examples of protocols
- Monitor the reproduction stage of Rana temporaria, our mountain frog to see the impact of altitude in their development
- Monitor the reproduction stages of Periparus ater, the coal tit, to see how changes in snow and temperatures affect their survival
- Help put in place a geocaching scientific game by marking trees in different habitats (Larix decidua / larch, Picea abies/ spruce, Pinus cembra/ pine tree …) to monitor tree growth in extreme environments
- Analyze the plant cover on designated plots
- Measure the vegetation stage of different species of trees in the Phenoclim program
DATES AND PRICES
18 and 19 June 2016: Chamonix (alpage loriaz) -
3 et 4 juillet 2016: Saint-Gervais Les Bains (alpage Miage)
349 € / adult and 259€ / child (check with your country if it is possible to deduct for taxes as it is a NGO)
- Discover the researches in ecology held in Mont-Blanc area, a real open air laboratory
- Collect scientific data to contribute to this knowledge and for giving data to the research atlas www.atlasmontblanc.org
- Observe, facing the glaciers, the change of landscapes over millenia, glaciers, forests and alpines lands.
- Experience a night in hut
Saturday : RDV 9h at parking Buet – Hiking up to chalets de Loriaz, observation while inforêt and discovery of Mont-Blanc in 2100 - Night at La Loriaz Hut, ideal for families D+ 800m Dimanche : observation of fauna and flora accoding to the scientific protocols of Atlas du Mont-Blanc and return to parking around 16h D+ 200m D- 1000m
Saturday : Meeting at parking de la Gruvaz – Hiking up to chalets de Miage, observation while in forest and discovery of Mont-Blanc in 2100 – Night in refuge de Miage, ideal for families D+ 700m D- 200m Sunday : observation of fauna and flora accoding to the scientific protocols of Atlas du Mont-Blanc and return to parking around 16h D+ 200m D- 700m
- Organization of the stay - Accommodation - Three meals - When hiking, the guiding services of a certified mountain leader - Cable car or train tickets to altitude sites where applicable - Researchers time for defining the protocols and introducing them to you
What you will absolutely need For the field hikes - Walking boots with a strong sole (Vibram or Contagrip type) - A day comfortable backpack of between 20 and 30 liters to pack your picnic, raingear and warm jacket as well as a small night pack for the trip to Loriaz. - A pair of hiking pants (no jeans) - Shorts - Tee shirts (avoid cotton if possible ) - A rainjacket (Goretex type) - A warm polar fleece or dawn jacket - Hat and sun glasses - Water bottle (at least 1L) - A pocket knife - Personal first aid (we will have one but you need your personal medication) For the night in Loriaz - Cotton sleeping sheet (no sleeping bags are required at the Loriaz hut as blankets are provided but a light sleeping sheet is necessary) - Hand/head torch - Small toilet bag (no shower) - Cash for drinks For your stay in Chamonix : - Passeport - A pair of lights shoes (sneakers or flip-flop) - Under clothes - Sweat shirt or fleece top - Tee shirts In addition if you want or have - A pair of telescopic hiking poles - A GPS or smartphone to locate the sites and data collected - Woolen or fleece hat + pair of gloves
You will be guided in the mountain by a certified UIMLA (Union of International Mountain Leader Associations) mountain leader and one UIMLA trainee, both living and working in the Mont Blanc range. Scientists will not continuously be with us in the field but your guides are working closely with them. Protocols will mostly be carried out in small groups of 6.
For families with children more than years old able to walk in mountain several hours per day (around 4 hours of ascent on Saturday and off tracks hike on Sunday)
Parkings mentionned in each program