2007

In 2007 Russian geocryologists continued theoretical, experimental, field and stationary research in the framework of national and international projects, including work associated with the International Polar Year.

The First Iberian Conference of the IPA (see Portugal report) included an ANTPAS Iberian representatives meeting with discussions on coordination and priorities for the Iberian groups, and a meeting on the Soil Thermal Monitoring Network on Iberian Peninsula Mountains initiative.

The GeoBiosphere Science Centre of the Lund University continued and expanded its activities in the Abisko area. The ‘Nordic Centre for Studies of Ecosystem Carbon Exchange and its Interaction with the Climate System’ (NECC) has two monitoring sites in the Stordalen area.

PERMOS (Permafrost Monitoring Switzerland) has a coordination office. Since January 2007, J. Noetzli and I. Roer support D. Vonder Mühll with the PERMOS implementation.

Research on carbon and water exchange of taiga and tundra ecosystems in eastern Siberia was undertaken in cooperative projects of the Institute for Biological Problems Cryolithozone (IBPC), Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences in Yakutsk and the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam (Department of Hydrology and Geo-Environmental Sciences).

C. Harris and M. Kern-Luetschg (Cardiff University), J. Murton (University of Sussex), M. Davies (University of Auckland) and F. Smith (University of Dundee) have continued their programme of experimental modelling of solifluction processes at UMR CNRS 6143 M2C Caen, France, in collaboration with M. Ertlen-Font.

Planning activities for the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (NICOP) included the review of 625 abstracts and over 400 manuscripts. A meeting of an international review team met at the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, in December 2007.