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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:/…