Read the annual news bulletin: Frozen Ground 43

Frozen Ground 43, which details IPA activities in 2019, is now available as a PDF! This newsletter demonstrates the diversity of interests among our members, and this issue in particular highlights growing activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Thanks to those that have participated in the highlighted activities and/or contributed material for this volume of Frozen Ground. If you are curious about IPA happenings in other years, all Frozen Ground volumes are available via the "Publications" tab.

Cancellation of the International Conference on Permafrost in 2020

The International Permafrost Association has been closely watching the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus in China with the utmost concern for the wellbeing of all our Chinese colleagues. The 12th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2020) was scheduled for 22-26 June in Lanzhou, China. Given the current situation with COVID-19, the ICOP 2020 Local Organizing Committee has concluded that it is simply not possible to host an international conference as planned in 2020. The Internationa…

Call for New Action Groups

The IPA currently has an open call for new Action Groups. Funding up to 2500€ per year is available.

Passing of IPA Founder and Past President, Dr. Hugh M. French

The IPA is saddened to announce the sudden passing on May 11, 2019 in Victoria, B.C. of Dr. Hugh M. French, former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor Emeritus in the departments of Geography, Environment and Geomatics and of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Hugh is internationally recognized as a specialist on periglacial processes and permafrost science. In a career as a professor that started with his first visit to the Arctic in 1967 and spanned 36 years, plus a further …

Advances in hemispheric permafrost mapping

New permafrost mapping at the hemispheric scale has just been published by Dr. Jaroslav Obu (University of Oslo) and co-authors. Here is Dr. Obu’s introduction to the work: We are delighted to present a new permafrost map of the Northern Hemisphere, which is a result of joint collaboration between 21 permafrost experts from 9 different countries. The map presents mean annual ground temperature, permafrost occurrence probability and permafrost zones at 1km2 resolution. Access the article here: https:/…

New IPA Report released in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes

"Report from the International Permafrost Association: Increasing regional activities on a global scale" was recently published in Volume 30, Issue 2 of Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. The report covers our past two conferences (ACOP2017 and EUCOP5), ongoing core activities, and future events. Access the report at: https://rdcu.be/bzUo8

GlobPermafrost products available through the Permafrost Information System (PerSys) portal

The ESA GlobPermafrost project (2016-2019) recently completed the Permafrost Information System (PerSys), an open access data portal for GlobPermafrost products and related results and data sets. The thematic products include global mean annual ground temperature and zonation for permafrost areas, Landsat trends (1999-2014; 10% of Arctic permafrost covered), local to regional maps on landcover, vegetation height, ground fast lake ice, subsidence rates, and rock glacier activity. A dedicated interface f…

Read the annual news bulletin: Frozen Ground 42

Frozen Ground 42, which details IPA activities in 2018, is now available as a PDF! This newsletter demonstrates the diversity of interests and high level of involvement among our members. Thanks to those that have participated in the highlighted activities and/or contributed material for this volume of Frozen Ground. If you are curious about IPA happenings in other years, all Frozen Ground volumes are available via the "Publications" tab.

IPA Senior VP Chris Burn awarded Canadian Polar Medal

The IPA Senior Vice-President, Chris Burn, has been awarded the Canadian Polar Medal. Prof. Burn is being honored for his contributions to permafrost science based on his work in the western Canadian Arctic, productive partnerships with stakeholders in Canada's North, and dedicated training of the next generation of northern researchers. Prof. Burn is also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Permafrost Association. The Polar Medal was presented to Prof. Burn in Ottawa on November 5th. The list of…