Specification of a Permafrost Reference Product in Succession of the IPA Map

Contact: Stephan Gruber – StephanGruber(at)cunet.carleton.ca

The Circum-Arctic Map of Permafrost and Ground-Ice Conditions (Heginbottom et al. 1993; Brown et al. 1997) has been a milestone accomplishment in the 1990s. It is widely used in the scientific community and for communication. Today, fast change in environmental conditions and the diverse needs for permafrost data in permafrost
research and engineering give rise to discussion about a successor product. At the same time, it is not clear whether a new map will be the best way to address emerging needs.