Report from June 1992

The new Director of the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology (LIGG) is Cheng Guodong.

The Fourth Council (1992-1995) of the Chinese Society of Glaciology and Geocryology (CSGG) has been established. The new officers of the CSGG are:

Honorary President--Shi Yafeng (LIGG);President--Cheng Guodong (LIGG);Vice Presidents-Cui Zhijiu (Beijing University), Huang Maohuan (LIGG), Xio Yinqi (Heilongjiang Provincial Research Institute of Water Conservancy), Ding Jingkang (Northwest Institute of Chinese Railway Aacademy of Sciences).

The new Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology has been approved by the CSGG Council: Consulting Editor--Shi Yafeng (LIGG); Editor in Chief--Huang Maohuan (LIGG); Deputy Chief Editors--He Xing (Standing) (LIGG) and Xu Xiaozu (LIGG).

Report from December 1992

The Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology has finished construction of the State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering. The Laboratory is located in a five-floor building with a 3846 m² construction area, including 520 m² of cold rooms. It has various kinds of facilities which can be used to perform almost any type of laboratory testing of frozen soil. Experts and graduate students from all over the world are encouraged (welcomed) to work at this Laboratory; the Laboratory will cover all research and living expenses except international transportation.

The State Key Laboratory has recently completed a 500 km geological survey for a pending highway on a permafrost area in Qinghai Province, mainly through the use of a Radar Detecting System imported from Canada.

Invited by the Transportation Institute of Russia. a five-person expert group. organized by the Railway Ministry of China, performed a 2000-km field expedition for the pending Bei-Ar Railway in Russia in August 1992.

A working group for compiling new "Norms of Construction in Permafrost Areas" organized by the Construction Ministry of China has been working on the Norms for three years. A variety of engineering testing projects and field investigations of completed construction have been accomplished this year.

Prepared by Zhu Yuanlin
Secretary General, Chinese Society of Glaciology and Geocryology