Gracheva Raisa

Leading Scientific Researcher
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Department of Soil Geography and Evolution

Research interests

Soil genesis and geography; mountain soils and ecosystems; natural hazards as soil forming factors in the mountains; land use transformation; human society - mountain environment interrelations; evolution of hydromorphic soils and landscapes. Study areas: Far East, the Caucasus, East European Plain, Northern Appalachians, Stara Planina.

Selected Publications

Gracheva, R., Vandenberghe, J., Sorokin, F., Malyasova, E. and Uspenskaya, O. 2015. Mesolithic-Neolithic settlements Minino 2 and Zamostye 5 in their geo-environmental setting (Upper Volga Lowland, Central Russia). Quaternary International 370: 29-39.

Gracheva, R.G. 2014. Land use in the North Caucasus: from adats to land code. In: Mountain Research. Mountain regions of the Northern Eurasia. Development under global change. Vol. 137. Moscow, “Kodeks” Publishing House, pp. 494-520.

Leroy, S.A.G. and Gracheva, R. 2013. Historical Events. In: Bobrowsky, Peter T. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Series: Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series 2013, XLI, Springer Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London, pp. 452-471. ISBN: 978-90-481-8699-0

Gracheva, R., Kohler, Th., Stadelbauer, J. and Meessen, H. 2012. Population dynamics, changes in land management, and the future of mountain areas in the Northern Caucasus: The example of North Ossetia. ERDKUNDE 66 (3): 197–219. DOI: 10.3112/erdkunde.2012.03.02

Gracheva, R. 2011. Formation of soil diversity in the mountainous tropics and subtropics: rocks, time, and erosion. Geomophology 135 (3-4): 224-231 doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.02.008

Gracheva, R.G. and Urushadze, T.F. 2011. Landslides in a Rural Mountainous Region: Damaging and Resource-Forming Impacts (South Caucasus, Georgia). Geography, Environment, Sustainability 1 (v.04): 59-68.

Vandenberghe, J., Gracheva, R. and Sorokin, A. 2010. Postglacial floodplain development and Meso- Neolithic occupation in the Russian forest zone. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 121: 229-237. doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2010.01.003

Gracheva, R.G. and Belonovskaya, E.A. 2010. Pastoral ecosystems of the Central Caucasus. Izvestia RAN. Seriya Geogr. 1: 90-102.

Gracheva, R. and Golyeva, A. 2010. Landslides in the mountain regions: hazard, resource, information. Chapter 15. In: Beer,T (Ed) Geophysical Hazards. Springer, pp. 249-260.

Gracheva, R.G. and Kozeltsev, M.L. 2009. Local Agenda for mountain settlements of the Caucasus. Moscow, MediaInfoGroup, 125 p.

Gracheva, R.G. 2004. Cryosols of the mountains of Southern Siberia and Far Eastern Russia. In:  John M. Kimble (ed), Cryosols. Permafrost-affected soils. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg pp. 231-252.