Report from July 1990

The German Permafrost Group now has a membership of about 50 people, who will receive a twice-yearly German-language newsheet to be distributed with Frozen Ground. Efforts are being made to increase participating contacts with colleagues in the German Democratic Republic.

A large expedition to Svalbard will take place in Summer 1990. About 50 participants will work at Liefdefjorden (Spitzbergen) from 1 June to about 1 September, with a research program including many permafrost topics. This project will probably be continued in summer 1991. Other activities are focused on artificial ground freezing, alpine permafrost, and the permafrost environment of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.

Report from December 1990

The geoscientific expedition to Liefdefjorden, Northern Spitzbergen, took place from June 1 to August 28, 1990. About 50 geographers, biologists and geologists visited the area of continuous permafrost and carried out studies concerning "Land Sea Sediment Transport in Polar Geosystems". The topics and leaders of the different working groups were:

Glacial and periglacial geomorphological processes: Glacier fluctuations and dating of moraines (G. Furrer, Zürich) Glacial geomorphology and ecology: forms, microclimate and processes (L. King, Giessen); Periglacial processes (H. Liedtke, Bochum); Geomorphological mapping, glaciology of Erikbreen (J.-L. Sollid, Oslo); Permafrost and geomorphology (G. Stäblein, Bremen).

Fluvial and marine geomorphodynamics: Fluvial geomorphodynamics (D. Barsch and R. Mäusbacher, Heidelberg); Periglacial processes and mass movement in coastal areas (K. Priestnitz, Gottingen).

Geocology: Water and nutrient budget in geocosystems
(H. Leser, Basel); Weathering and soil development
(W.-D. Bliimel), Stuttgart, logistic and scientific
coordinator); Vegetation studies (D. Thannheiser,
Hamburg); Pollution effect: water and plants (K.
Pecher, Bayreuth); Geoecological satellite data (E.
Parlow, Basel); Bioecology and fauna of lakes and
coastal areas (G. Hartmann, Hamburg).

Geology and Geodesy: Geological mapping (P. Thiedig, Münster); Paleobotany (H.J. Schweitzer, Bonn); Geodesy and  photogrammetry (K. Brunner, Miinchen & G. Hell, Karlsruhe).

The expedition will be continued in summer 1991.

After the unification of Germany, cooperation with permafrost and periglacial scientists of the former German Democratic Republic has started. The existing difficulties certainly will vanish after the reorganisation of most of the governmental and university institutions. Personal and institutional efforts are made for joint projects.