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logo_ipyIn June 2005 the International Permafrost Association submitted in cooperation with other international organizations several core projects for the International Polar Year:

Each project included plans for management and data, education and outreach. Full text is available on this IPA page (click on the links above). In addition the titles of the original Expression of Intent (EoI) are listed in the Cluster document. The original EoIs are found on the IPY homepage. A list of proposed permafrost and outreach collaborators are presented in the Team list. The IPY letter of Invitation to the IPA is also included.

The International Polar Year ended on March 1st 2009. An official ceremony was organized at the World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva, to which the IPA participated. Parallely, David Carlson, Director of the IPY International Program Office and Rhian Salmon, Outreach officer at the International Program Office, contributed an article highlighting the contribution of the International Permafrost Association to the International Polar Year. You can find it in the Frozen Ground December 2008 issue

logo_acconetThe coastal zone is the interface at land-ocean exchanges in the Arctic are mediated and it is the region of most high-latitude human activities.  To detect and quantify trajectories in coastal systems, their components must first be monitored. A coordinated monitoring programme incorporating diverse regions and providing site-specific, fine-scale baseline and time-series data will yield maximum value, facilitating local and circum-arctic studies, such as validation of multi-scale biodiversity and coastal community models.

To address these issues, an internationally coordinated circum-arctic network of coastal observatories (~15 key sites) sponsored by the International Permafrost Association was established within the IPY 2007-2008 framework, and based on ecoregion representation criteria. The sites are locations for multi-disciplinary, multi-resolution studies set within a broader eco- and socio-regional frame of reference and include sensitive areas with varying degrees of human impact.

Site selection was coordinated with local communities and builds upon existing monitoring programmes and data availability. The recommended strategy is outlined in five steps:

  1. Initial site characterisation and representation assessment: (a) acquisition of comprehensive, high-resolution imagery of the circum-arctic coastline, (b) physical (atmospheric, terrestrial and marine conditions), (c) ecological (marine and terrestrial classification, habitat mapping, assessment of biodiversity indicators and components), (d) socio-economic (general situation, interaction of resource users, assessment of resources used, local knowledge of coastal processes, state of legal and administrative regulations)
  2. Monitoring of changes: (a) physical (atmospheric and oceanographic forcing, permafrost parameters, morphology), (b) ecological (habitats, biodiversity, environmental quality), (c) socio-economic (industrial production, plans and potential constraints for development, quality of life, local economy, population and demography, social problems of native peoples)
  3. Data analysis: (a) detection of change, (b) identification of interdependencies amongst physical, biological, social, and ecological parameters
  4. Data management: (a) metadata standards, (b) arctic spatial data infrastructure, (c) web accessible databases and maps, (d) data accessibility to local communities
  5. Synthesis: formulation of models at multiple levels (conceptual to numerical) incorporating interdependent physical, biological and environmental changes in response to natural and anthropogenic forcing, development of response strategies.

ACCOnet activities can be viewed on the ACCOnet webpage:

ACD Logo        The Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD) program started in 1999 as an initiative of the International Permafrost Association (IPA), as a multi-disciplinary, multi-national forum to exchange ideas and information (co-sponsored by IASC and LOICZ). Since its inception, the ACD group produced significant contributions to International Conferences on Arctic Research Planning (ICARPs), to the International Polar Year (IPY) and to Arctic Observing (SAON, AOS). The overall objective of ACD is to improve understanding of circum-Arctic coastal dynamics as a function of environmental forcing, coastal geology and cryology, and morphodynamic behavior. The year 2016 marks the beginning of a new phase of activity, initiated by a group of young researchers who secured funding from the IPA to modernize the ACD website (, and organize a side meeting on June 19, 2016, at the International Conference on Permafrost. The new phase will continue and refine the pioneering effort of the ACD, and welcome the participation of new researchers and groups in the project.


The IPA-endorsed ‘Belowground Carbon Pools in Permafrost Regions’ (CAPP) Project has now been completed after a 10-year period (2005-2014).
After an initial planning meeting in Stockholm (March 2005), there have been three CAPP workshops in Stockholm (November 2005, June 2009 and May 2014). The 3rd and final CAPP workshop was held at Stockholm University on 12-14 May 2014 (program). The workshop was attended by 50+ experts and young
scientists and resulted in 2.5 days of presentations and intense discussions.

CAPP was also a full coordination project (#373) under the IPY (2007-2008), and CAPP has contributed to outreach activities such as IPY Land and Life (2008) and the IPY Oslo Conference (2010). There have been three CAPP review papers (Kuhry et al., 2009, 2010 and 2013), all published in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. The issue of the permafrost carbon feedback has become and will remain an important topic on the international science agenda.

The CAPP Project:

The International Permafrost Association 'Carbon Pools in Permafrost Regions' project (in short, the IPA CAPP project) aims at quantifying below-ground organic matter quantity and quality along ecoclimatic and edaphic gradients in high latitude and high altitude regions characterized by the presence of isolated to continuous permafrost. Below-ground carbon is used here in a broad sense to include upland soils and total peat deposits. Also other sub-surface carbon pools in land areas such as lake deposits and buried ice bodies are considered. The CAPP project will coordinate its activities with other international programs and develop a network of scientists engaged in this type of research. A first step is to update the existing database on Carbon in Cryosols with additional data, also from non-permafrost sites in permafrost regions. The CAPP project will contribute to and initiate new research activities at ca. 10-12 high latitude transects in the northern hemisphere representing the range of ecoclimatic and permafrost regions, complemented by 2 transects in the Subantarctic-Antarctic region, and additional altitudinal transects in high alpine environments.

Intensive study sites along these transects will investigate the allocation of below-ground carbon in the landscape, comparing quantity and quality between different permafrost settings. The organic matter will be analyzed using a hierarchy of increasingly sophisticated geochemical and absolute dating techniques.

Protocols are developed for the carbon database, field sampling, physico-chemical analyses and upscaling tools. The inventory, monitoring, research and upscaling activities of the CAPE project will result in a better understanding of total below-ground organic matter allocation and its susceptibility to decay, which will be used to evaluate the fate of this very significant carbon pool under global warming and assess feedbacks from high latitude/altitude permafrost regions to the global climate system. An important objective is to develop a carbon database that can be linked with remotely sensed classifications at global to regional scales used in climate, biome and ecosystem models

CAPP is the IPA contribution to the Global Carbon Project.