Present-day periglacial processes and relict features are currently being studied in the Serra da Estrela, Central Portugal, by researchers from the University of Lisbon.

The main emphasis is placed on monitoring ground temperatures, studying the local mountain climates and investigating the relationships between glacial and periglacial relict landforms and deposits, especially these indicating a former occurrence of permafrost. An ongoing collaboration between the Universities of Lisbon and of Alcalá de Henares (project coordinator, Spain) studies the active layer and permafrost temperatures on Livingston Island (South Shetlands, Antarctic). A new project aimed at drilling boreholes has been submitted for evaluation; this project focuses on monitoring and modelling the permafrost evolution and distribution on Livingston and Deception Islands, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Zurich. A committee for the preparation of the International Polar Year is being developed.

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