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Report from June 1995

The Chinese National Workshop on Cryosphere and Global Change was held on 5-7 May 1995 at the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. About 50 Chinese glaciologists and geocryologists attended. Abstracts have been published in Chinese and the proceedings will be published at the end of this year.
In order to systematically investigate the response of permafrost to the construction and operation of highways in cold regions, an in-situ experiment and observation site is being constructed on the Qing-Kang No. 214 highway by the Transportation Bureau of Qinghai Province in cooperation with the State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. More information will appear in future news bulletins.

Submitted by Zhu Yuanlin


Report from December 1995

As reported in Frozen Ground No. 17, the Conference on the Cryosphere and Global Change was held in Lanzhou in May 1995. The proceedings are being published by Science Press and include, among others, the following topics: responses of the cryosphere to climate change in the high elevations of Asia and impacts on adjacent regions; monitoring of cryospheric changes; responses of glaciers, snow cover and permafrost to climate change; changes in vegetation and depositional and hydrological processes; use of remote sensing techniques; and establishment of databases in cryospheric research.
As reported elsewhere (p. 21) the Fifth National Conference on Glaciology and Geocryology will be held in August 1996 in Lanzhou. The first annual issue of the English language journal Cryosphere will be published by the end of 1995. Ordering information is available from Zhu Yuanlin, Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology.

Report presented by Cheng Guodong
at the Berlin Council meetings