2014

Swiss Permafrost Monitoring

The Swiss Permafrost Monitoring initiative PERMOS (http://www.permos.ch) maintains a network of 28 high alpine sites in order to document the state and changes of permafrost in Switzerland based on three main observation elements (ground temperatures, changes in subsurface ice and water content, and permafrost creep velocities). PERMOS is funded by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss GCOS Office at MeteoSwiss, and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The PERMOS Office (at the University of Zurich) coordinates observation and reporting activities undertaken by the six partner institutions ETH Zurich (ETHZ), the Universities of Fribourg (UNIFR), Lausanne (UNIL), Zurich (UZH), the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). 2014 is the end of a 4-year contract period and a renewed organization of the PERMOS Office will be set up in 2015 for the next 4 years.

Paleopermafrost

Under the co-ordination of Prof. Jef Vandenberghe the IPA- Action Group has terminated the project 'Permafrost extension during the Last Glacial Maximum in the northern hemisphere and derived mean annual temperatures'. The map of maximum permafrost extension towards the end of the last glacial is published in Boreas 43-3 (2014) together with a number of related papers. The project will be continued in a new action group, coordinated by Prof. Huijun Jin.

NERC Arctic Research Programme

Two permafrost projects funded by NERC's Arctic Research Programme 2010–15 have carried out their second field season of data collection in northwest Canada. CYCLOPS (Carbon Cycling Linkages of Permafrost Systems) researchers collected data on vegetation characteristics, soil properties, peat and carbon gases from sites near Yellowknife, NWT. HYDRA (Permafrost catchments in transition: hydrological controls on carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets) researchers collected data on hydrology and permafrost conditions near Inuvik. Information on both projects is available at: http://arp.arctic.ac.uk/

US Permafrost Association

The annual meeting of the US Permafrost Association (USPA) Board of Directors and a general member meeting will be held at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Current USPA membership includes 37 student members, 58 regular members, and 12 corporate/non-profits/lifetime members, for a total of 107 members and includes several non US members.