An extensive report on German activities has appeared in Frozen Ground No. 21, so only a short summary and new directions are highlighted here. Permafrost research in the terrestrial Arctic is mainly done at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam and in cooperation with several German and international university institutes. The main study areas are southeast Taimyr Peninsula (1994–97), Lena Delta (Laptev Sea project, 1998–2000), Central Yakutia (1997–98), Spitzbergen (Ny Ålesund, 1997–99) and East Greenland (Zackenberg, 1998–2000). Field work in the Laptev Sea project started in July 1998 with 15 German and 15 Russian scientists. In addition, the extent and characteristics of subsea permafrost in the Laptev Sea are being investigated by BGR Hannover and AWI Bremerhaven. Papers and post-ers with results of recent studies in Arctic permafrost were presented at the Yellowknife Conference.

Mountain permafrost research in the framework of the EU-PACE project is done in the Mattertal, Swiss Alps, by the University of Giessen (L. King, T. Herz, M. Schlerf, E. Schmitt) and in the Zugspitze area, German Alps, by D. Barsch/M. Gude (Heidelberg/Jena). An 80-m-deep drill hole is planned in the Mattertal early in 1999. Details of the PACE project are available on the PACE Web site. Additional studies of mountain permafrost are done mainly by individuals at a number of other German universities (Munich, Regensburg, Göttingen, Trier). Papers and posters on mountain permafrost in the Swiss Alps were presented in Yellowknife. The data of the 30-year-long survey of the Macun rock glacier (Swiss Alps) by D. Barsch/W. Zick was contributed to the CAPS CD.

Lorenz King (lorenz.king@geo.uni-giessen.de)