The Swedish Academy of Sciences now acts as the Swedish Adhering Body to the IPA. The Abisko Research Station director Terry Callaghan, who is a board member of the Academy, is the formal link with the Academy. The permafrost group of the Swedish Geomorphological Research Group elects the Swedish representative to the IPA at its annual meeting. H. Jonas Åkerman, Lund University, is the Swedish representative to the IPA Council.

At the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Lund University, Torben Christensen has since April 2000 coordinated ecosystem-atmosphere carbon fl ux measurements at Stordalen, in northern Sweden (68°20’ N, 19°02’ E), where mixed mire is underlain by discontinuous permafrost. Both advanced eddy correlation and automated chamber systems measuring CO2, H2O, CH4 were installed in collaboration with Terry Callaghan, Abisko Scientifi c Research Station, Thomas Friborg, Institute of Geography, Copenhagen University, Bo Svensson, Linköping University and Patrick Crill, University of New Hampshire, as part of the EU funded CONGAS project, now an integrated part of the EU-funded CARBOMONT project, also funded by national Swedish sources. Also carbon translocation and turnover experiments using 14C labelling and soil chemistry analyses including detailed studies of organic acids are carried out. Soil and air temperature, radiation, precipitation, water table position, soil moisture content and active layer thickness are all systematically monitored. A CALM grid will be established in 2003 by Torbjörn Johansson, in cooperation with the continuation of the long-term, active-layer monitoring conducted by Jonas Åkerman in the same region. In cooperation with The Abisko Research station J. Åkerman maintains the 80 km east-west Abisko/Torneträsk area active-layer transect, with eleven active layer sites monitored since 1978. Annual data is included in the CALM database. J.O. Mattsson continues the editing responsibilities of Geografi ska Annaler.

At the Kapp Linne area at Svalbard activelayer monitoring was started in 1972, and now continues in co-operation with Ole Humlum, The University Courses at Svalbard. J. Åkerman maintains a limited monitoring programme of active periglacial processes and their climatic signifi cance in the area, including vegetation mapping and digital elevation model analyses of the vertical and horizontal distribution of vegetation and geomorphological forms and processes.

Else Kolstrup, Jan Boelhouwers, Phil Wookey and Göran Possnert at the Department of Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Uppsala University continue their research on boundary constraints of geomorphological forms and processes in past and present periglacial environments in Swedish Lapland, Finnish Lapland, the Subantartic Islands and in Iceland.

At the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Karlstad, R. Nyberg maintains projects in the Abisko area on the dynamics of the Kårsa glacier, permafrost and slope processes in the Pallenvagge and Nissunvagge valleys, and on the assessment of the importance of extreme erosional events as geomorphological hazards and as climatic indicators.

Jonas Åkerman (jonas.akerman@natgeo.lu.se)