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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…

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:/…

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…

Call for new IPA Action Groups

The IPA currently has an open call for new Action Groups. Action Groups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined, permafrost-related products. Action Groups are funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500€ per year (maximum of 5000€ over the life of an Action Group). These groups focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical suppo…

Official opening of EUCOP5 and presentation of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Dr. Wilfried Haeberli

The 5th European Conference on Permafrost officially began this morning at the Opening Ceremony at Le Majestic Congress in Chamonix. Participants were welcomed by Philip Deline on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, the mayor of Chamonix, and IPA President Hanne Christiansen. During the ceremony, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Wilfried Haeberli, a prolific permafrost scientist and general cryosphere expert with extensive experience studying and working in the Alps. The IPA w…

27th IPA Council Meeting held in Chamonix

The Council of the International Permafrost Association convened in Chamonix, France on 24 June as part of the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP5), an IPA regional conference. Council members reviewed the IPA’s activities over the past two years (when the Council last met), and had a number of discussions related to our Regional and International Conferences on Permafrost, which are a priority of the IPA. The IPA was pleased to gather today as the governing body of the association and look…

Read the annual news bulletin: Frozen Ground 41

Frozen Ground 41, which details IPA activities in 2017, is now available as a PDF! This newsletter demonstrates the diversity of interests and high level of involvement among our members, especially PYRN members. Many 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.

Nunataryuk, a new EU permafrost project, kicks-off

Congratulations to our collaborators and friends at AWI with their EU-funded project, Nunataryuk, which kicks-off this week. Nunataryuk (an Inuvialuit word roughly translating to coast) will focus on the degradation of coastal permafrost and its implications in the climate system. The IPA supported this proposal and are happy to see it funded, and look forward to the opportunities and insights it will bring to the permafrost community. Read more about Nunataryuk in this AWI press release: https://www.a…

Create a new IPA Action Group!

The IPA Executive Committee currently has an open call for new Action Groups. Action Groups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined, permafrost-related products. Action Groups are funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500€ per year (maximum of 5000€ over the life of an Action Group). These groups focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management supp…

Frozen Ground Cartoons Available Online

The Frozen Ground Cartoons team has recently made a website that provides digital access to the informative and beautiful cartoons produced for the project. The cartoons are a unique, approachable, and fun way to communicate science, and represent approximately two years of collaboration between permafrost scientists and professional illustrators. A complete booklet with all the cartoons and information about the project will be available at the end of the year. The Frozen Ground Cartoons project is fu…