Research Advisor

Head of the Institute

Professor of Karstology

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+386 5 700 19 02
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Research interests

Research Work

Tadej Slabe studies the rock relief of karst features that are important traces of the formation

and development of karst. He integrates the rock of karst surface phenomena and caves with their formation, rock relief, development conditions, and regional characteristics into new developmental models that serve as one of the introductory research contacts with karst phenomena and landscapes. He develops laboratory modeling of the development of the rock relief of karst features.

He also studies Chinese, Australian, Iranian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Croatian, Cuban, Altay, Brazilian and French karst as well as the karst of the United Arab Emirates.

He strives to develop a comprehensive karstology that incorporates the most important fields of research of the three-dimensional karst landscape.

He is author of the book Cave Rocky Relief (1995), co-founder, co-editor, and co-author of the books Karst features discovered during motorway construction on Slovene karst (2007), Karst rock features, Karren sculpturing (2009), South China Karst 1 (1998), South China Karst 2 (2011), new edition Karstology and Development Challenges on Karst (2012, 2013), The Beka-Ocizla Cave System (2015), Cave Exploration in Slovenia (2016).

He is the initiator and co-founder of the first and only karstology study program at the international level. He develops and teaches a number of karstology courses at the university and doctoral levels (principles of karstology, karst geomorphology and speleology, developmental challenges on karst).

He actively participates in the content and organizational development of international karstology; as head of the Karst Research Institute he is co-organizer and signatory of treaties on international cooperation with research and study institutions in Europe, China, the Middle East, Brazil, Russia, the United States of America, and Africa.

He is the co-initiator and co-founder of the International Center for Karst Research of Yunnan University and the Yunnan International Karst Environmental Laboratory.

He is the co-initiator and co-founder of the International Karstological Academy.

He participates in international projects. 

He conducts and participates in directly applicable research studies.

 

Other activities                                 

Head of Karst Research Institute (since 1995).

Karst Research central karstological program leader (from 1999 onward).

Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Karstological School “Classical Karst”.

Co-head of the executive and science-counseling committee of the Center for Karst Research of Yunnan University and the Yunnan International Karst Environmental Laboratory.

Member of the Scientific Council of the UNESCO International Karst Research Center in Guilin, China.

Member of the International Karstological Academy and coordinator of its work.

 

Educational work:

  • University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Koper, Slovenia;
  • University of Nova Gorica, Graduate School, Nova Gorica, Slovenia;
  • University of Nova Gorica, School of Environmental Sciences, Nova Gorica, Slovenia;
  • ERUDIO Institute for Education, School of Sustainable Tourism, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

Directly applicable projects:

  • karstological planning and monitoring of highway construction on karst;
  • development of karst phenomena for tourism.

 

Membership on editorial boards and associations:

  • Acta Carsologica, Slovenia;
  • Karst Development, University of West Hungary, Szombathely, Hungary;
  • Tourism and Karst Areas, Brazil;
  • International Geographical Union IGU - Karst Commission and International Union of Speleologists and Commission on karst, hydrogeology and speleogenesis.
 
Selected publications

Science articles

GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, MIHEVC, Andrej, OTONIČAR, Bojan, MULEC, Janez, PERNE, Matija, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, RAVBAR, Nataša, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja. Development challenges in karst regions : sustainable land use planning in the karst of Slovenia. V: TROFIMOVA, Elena (ur.), SALOMON, Jean-Nöel (ur.). Preserving karst environments and karst caves : karst dynamics, environments, usage and restauration : towards an international karst preservation system, (Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, ISSN 0372-8854, ISSN 0044-2798, Supplementband, N. F., vol. 60, suppl. issue 2). [S. l.]: Borntraeger Science Publishers, 2016, str. 293-318. https://www.schweizerbart. de/papers/zfg_suppl/detail/60/86496/Development_challenges_in_karst_regions_sustainable_land_use_planning_in_the_karst_of_Slovenia, doi: 10.1127/zfg_suppl/2016/00309. [COBISS.SI-ID 40073261]

MIHEVC, Andrej (avtor, fotograf), GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin, KOZEL, Peter, MULEC, Janez, OTONIČAR, Bojan, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja (avtor, fotograf). Karst in Slovenia. Boletín geológico y minero, ISSN 0366-0176, Jan.-Mar. 2016, vol. 127, iss. 1, str. 79-97, ilustr. http://www.igme.es/boletin/2016/127_1/BG_127-1_Art-6.pdf. [COBISS.SI-ID 39886637]

GUTIÉRREZ DOMECH, Roberto, KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Felo Pérez Mogote (Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba) : typical shaping of rock surface below dense tropical vegetation = Mogota Felo Pérez (Viñales, Pinar del Río, Kuba) : tipično oblikovanje kamnitega površja pod gostim tropskim rastjem. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2015, letn. 44, št. 1, str. 47-57, ilustr. http://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/carsologica/article/view/680/2028, doi: 10.3986/ac.v44i1.680. [COBISS.SI-ID 38635821]

AL FARRAJ AL KETBI, Asma, SLABE, Tadej, KNEZ, Martin, GABROVŠEK, Franci, MULEC, Janez, PETRIČ, Metka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja. Karst in Ras Al-Khaimah, northern United Arab Emirates = Kras v Ras Al-Khaimahu, severni del Združenih Arabskih Emiratov. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2014, letn. 43, št. 1, str. 23-41, ilustr. http://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/carsologica/article/view/579/702, doi: 10.3986/ac.v43i1.579. [COBISS.SI-ID 37575469]

KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, LIU, Hong, MULEC, Janez, PETRIČ, Metka, RAVBAR, Nataša, SLABE, Tadej. Karstological study of the new Kunming airport building area (Yunnan, China). Environmental earth sciences, ISSN 1866-6280, 2012, vol. 67, iss. 1, str. 273-283, ilustr. http://www.springerlink.com/content/4642p108l3xv8351/, doi: 10.1007/s12665-011-1506-x. [COBISS.SI-ID 34280749]

KNEZ, Martin (avtor, fotograf), LIU, Hong, SLABE, Tadej (avtor, fotograf). Major stone forest, litomorphogenesis and development of typical shilin (Yunnan, China) = Osrednji kamniti gozd; kamnina, skalni relief in razvoj značilnega šilina (Junan, Kitajska) : photo M. Knez, T. Slabe. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2012, letn. 41, št. 2/3, str. 205-218, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 35117101]

DEBEVEC, Bogdan, KNEZ, Martin, KRANJC, Andrej, PAHOR, Marko, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SEMEJA, Aleš, SLABE, Tadej. Preliminary study for the adaptation of the "Heaven's Cave" for tourist purposes (Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam) = Predhodna študija za turistično ureditev Nebeške jame (Narodni park Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Vietnam). Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2012, letn. 41, št. 1, str. 115-127, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 34581805]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej, PANISSET TRAVASSOS, Luiz Eduardo. Karren on laminar calcarenitic rock of Lagoa Santa (Minas Gerais, Brazil) = Škraplje na laminarnem kalkarenitu Lagoe Sante (Minas Gerais, Brazilija). Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2011, letn. 40, št. 2, str. 357-367, ilustr. http://carsologica.zrc-sazu.si/downloads/402/Knez-et-al.pdf. [COBISS.SI-ID 33244973]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Karren of Mushroom Mountain (Junzi Shan) in the Eastern Yunnan Ridge, Yunnan, China : karstological and tourist attraction. Acta geologica sinica, ISSN 1000-9515, 2010, vol. 84, issue 2, str. 424-431, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 31325741]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, GABROVŠEK, Franci. The largest karst caves discovered in a tunnel during motorway construction in Slovenia's Classical Karst (Kras). Environmental geology, ISSN 0943-0105. [Tiskana izd.], 2008, letn. 54, št. 4, str. 711-718, ilustr., doi: 10.1007/s00254-007-0840-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 27997485]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Shilin : the formation of stone forests in various rock types (Lunan, Yunnan, China). Acta geologica sinica, ISSN 1000-9515, 2007, vol. 81, no. 1, str. 148-157, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 26516269]

 

Chapters in books

KNEZ, Martin, HONG, L., SLABE, Tadej. Stripped karen on Snake Mountain above Kunming (Yunnan, China). V: ANDREO NAVARRO, Bartolomé (ur.). Hydrogeological and environmental investigations in Karst systems, (Environmental Earth Sciences, ISSN 1866-6280, vol. 1). Heidelberg [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2015, str. 589-597, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 37757229]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Stone forests and their rock relief. V: SHRODER, John F. (ur.). Treatise on geomorphology. 1st ed. San Diego: Academic Press: Elsevier, 2013, vol. 6, str. 139-156, ilustr. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00124-X, doi: 10.1016/978-0-12-374739-6.00124-X. [COBISS.SI-ID 35476781]

SLABE, Tadej. Karstic rock relief as a trace of land use, cases in classical karst (Kras). V: URUSHIBARA-YOSHINO, Kazuko (ur.). Changing social conditions and their impacts on the geoecology : transhumance regions of Romania and Slovenia : Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (B), 2003-2005. Tokyo: Department of Geography, Hosei University, 2006, str. 104-112, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 25403693]

SLABE, Tadej. Skalni relief kot odsev razvoja površja kraškega vodonosnika = Rocky relief as a reflection of the development of the surface of the karstic aquifer. V: MIHEVC, Andrej (ur.). Kras : voda in življenje v kamniti pokrajini = water and life in a rocky landscape, (Projekt Aquadapt). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2005, str. 44-56, ilustr., zvd. [COBISS.SI-ID 24609581

PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej. Geomorfologija in skalne oblike, Geomorfologija, Kraške skalne oblike Udin boršta. V: KRANJC, Andrej (ur.). Kraške kulturne pokrajine : edinstveni odnos med človekom in kraškim svetom = Karstic cultural landscapes = architecture of a unique relationship people - territory, Udin boršt. Montebelluna: Museo di Storia Naturale e Archeologia, 2005, str. 25-35, ilustr., zvd., graf. prikazi. [COBISS.SI-ID 24570669]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Caves and sinkholes in motorway construction, Slovenia : case study 3. V: WALTHAM, Tony, BELL, Fred, CULSHAW, Martin. Sinkholes and subsidence : karst and cavernous rocks in engineering and construction, (Springer-Praxis books in geophysical sciences). Berlin [etc.]: Springer: Praxis, cop. 2005, str. 283-288, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 23421741]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Highways on karst. V: GUNN, John (ur.). Encyclopedia of caves and karst science. New York; London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004, str. 419-420, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 21899565]

MIHEVC, Andrej, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka. Morphology of caves. V: GUNN, John (ur.). Encyclopedia of caves and karst science. New York; London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004, str. 521-524, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 21899309]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Lithologic and morphological properties and rock relief of the Lunan stone forest. V: GABROVŠEK, Franci (ur.). Evolution of karst: from prekarst to cessation, (Carsologica, [1]). Postojna: Inštitut za raziskovanje krasa ZRC SAZU; Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2002, str. 259-266, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 19979821]

KRANJC, Andrej, KNEZ, Martin, MIHEVC, Andrej, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja. Typical karst area - Skocjanske jame, Slovenia. V: DAOXIAN, Yuan (ur.), ZAIHUA, Liu (ur.). Global karst correlation : UNESCO/IUGS Project 299 : Geology, climate, hydrology and karst formation (1990-1994) : final report. Beijing [etc.]: Science Press [etc.], 1998, str. 209-227, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 8707117]

CHUXING, Huang, KNEZ, Martin, LIU, Hong, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka. The Lunan stone forests. V: CHEN, Xiaoping, et al. South China karst I, (Zbirka ZRC, 19). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 1998, str. 18-29, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 9790253]

SLABE, Tadej. Rock relief of pillars in the Lunan stone forests. V: CHEN, Xiaoping, et al. South China karst I, (Zbirka ZRC, 19). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 1998, str. 51-67, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 9778989]

KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, SLABE, Tadej. Jiuxiang. V: CHEN, Xiaoping, et al. South China karst I, (Zbirka ZRC, 19). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 1998, str. 113-121, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 9783597]

                   

Books: initiator, author and editor

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej, GABROVŠEK, Franci, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, KRANJC, Andrej, MIHEVC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, OTONIČAR, Bojan, PERNE, Matija, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, RAVBAR, Nataša, ŠEBELA, Stanka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja, BOSÁK, Pavel, PRUNER, Petr, LIU, Hong, KNEZ, Martin (urednik), SLABE, Tadej (urednik). Cave exploration in Slovenia : discovering over 350 new caves during motorway construction on classical karst, (Cave and karst systems of the world). Cham: Springer, cop. 2016. XIII, 324 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-3-319-21203-6. ISBN 978-3-319-21202-9. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319212029, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-21203-6. [COBISS.SI-ID 39082541]

GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin (avtor, urednik), KOGOVŠEK, Janja, MIHEVC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, OTONIČAR, Bojan, PERNE, Matija, PETRIČ, Metka (avtor, urednik), PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej (avtor, urednik), ŠEBELA, Stanka (avtor, urednik), TURK, Janez, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja. The Beka-Ocizla cave system : karstological railway planning in Slovenia, (Cave and karst systems of the world). Cham [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2015. X, 102 str., ilustr., zvd. ISBN 978-3-319-04455-2. ISBN 978-3-319-04456-9, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-04456-9. [COBISS.SI-ID 56041570]

CULVER, David C., DEBEVEC, Bogdan, KNEZ, Martin, KOVAČIČ, Gregor, KRANJC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, RAVBAR, Nataša, SEMEJA, Aleš, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja, KNEZ, Martin (urednik), PETRIČ, Metka (urednik), SLABE, Tadej (urednik). Krasoslovje v razvojnih izzivih na krasu. 2, Gradnja, turizem, ekologija, varovanje = Karstology and development challenges on karst. 2, Construction, tourism, ecology, protection, (Carsologica, 14). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC: = ZRC Publishing, 2012. 199 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-254-340-2. [COBISS.SI-ID 259195648]

KNEZ, Martin (urednik), PETRIČ, Metka (urednik), SLABE, Tadej (urednik). Krasoslovje v razvojnih izzivih na krasu. 1, Voda = Karstology and development challenges on karst. 1, Water, (Carsologica, 13). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC: = ZRC Publishing, 2011. 167 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-254-334-1. [COBISS.SI-ID 258948608]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Shilin - the formation of stone forests in various rock. V: KNEZ, Martin (ur.), LIU, Hong (ur.), SLABE, Tadej (ur.). South China karst II, (Carsologica, 12). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC: = ZRC publishing, 2011, str. 35-48, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 32448813]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Lithological characteristics, shape and rock relief of the Lunan stone forest. V: GINÉS, Ángel (ur.), et al. Karst rock features : karren sculpturing, (Carsologica, 9). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC: = ZRC Publishing, 2009, str. 439-452, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 30962477]

KNEZ, Martin, SLABE, Tadej. Krasoslovna spremljava gradnje, raziskave ter načrtovanja avtocest prek slovenskega krasa. V: KNEZ, Martin (ur.), SLABE, Tadej (ur.). Kraški pojavi, razkriti med gradnjo slovenskih avtocest, (Carsologica, 7). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2007, str. 9-22, ilustr., zvd. [COBISS.SI-ID 27570477]

SLABE, Tadej. Rock relief of pillars in the Lunan stone forests. V: CHEN, Xiaoping, et al. South China karst I, (Zbirka ZRC, 19). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 1998, str. 51-67, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 9778989]

SLABE, Tadej. Cave rocky relief and its speleogenetical significance, (Zbirka ZRC, 10). Ljubljana: Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 1995. 128 str., ilustr. ISBN 961-6182-03-X. [COBISS.SI-ID 55617792]

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Selected projects

Karst Research Programme (research program • 20092014)

Keywords

karstology and its development • study of karst surfaces and caves • developmental challenges on karst • lecturing on karstology 

Recognitions & awards

Friendship with Yunnan (for research work and cooperation with karstologists in China) • Karst Waters Institute Award (USA; for contribution to international karstology) • Recognition of the Geographical Association of the United Arab Emirates