The Project, Research on Changes in Cryosphere Dynamics in China (second stage) has begun. It includes the following subjects:

  • Monitoring of cryosphere and information systems in China
  • Cryosphere on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and a model of its response to global climate change (1:4,000,000), supported by GIS
  • A model for predicting the engineering geocryological conditions along the Qinghai-Tibet highway (1:500,000), supported by GIS
  • A model for predicting the response of cryosphere to climate change in the Urumqi River basin (1:50,000), supported by GIS
  • Present processes of the active layer in the permafrost region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
  • Effect of climate change on the environmental engineering-geological conditions of permafrost

In addition, a 50-m-deep ground temperature measuring borehole was established in 1995 in the West Kunlun Mountains, and monitoring of the active layer on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and in Northeast China is planned to be carried out according to the method defined in the ITEX manual.
The International Symposium on Polar Ice and Snow and Global Change was held on 14-17 April 1996 at the Lanzhou  Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology. Sixty participants from China, France, Japan, Nepal and the United States attended this symposium. Fifty-six papers were presented and they will be published in a proceedings.
The first issue (vol. 1, 1995) of the journal Cryosphere, jointly compiled by the Chinese Society of Glaciology and Geocryology (CSGG) and the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology (LIGG), was published (see p. 32 for contents). Two volumes of this journal will be published every year starting in 1996. Contact Zhu Yuanlin, Secretary-General of CSGG, to order this journal. The price is US $15.00.

Submitted by Zhu Yuanlin and Cheng Guodong (liggplan@ns.lzb.ac.cn)