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Session announcement: Impacts of a Changing Climate on Alaska’s Permafrost Landscapes and Infrastructure

  • 1.  Session announcement: Impacts of a Changing Climate on Alaska’s Permafrost Landscapes and Infrastructure

    Posted 10 days ago
    Dear colleagues,

    The United States Permafrost Association (USPA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 and is convening a special session at the 2022 Fall Meeting in Chicago. Please consider submitting an abstract to session GC046 by the August 3 deadline.

     

    GC046 - Impacts of a Changing Climate on Alaska's Permafrost Landscapes and Infrastructure

    Alaskan permafrost research spans tens of millions of hectares in area and generations of researchers dating back to the mid-20th century. Key to understanding the consequences of changing climate are the well-documented, long-term observations of ground temperatures, coastal erosion, vegetation, landscape dynamics and carbon cycling. The session will focus on current measurements and multi-year records of changing permafrost and its implications for infrastructure and natural environments. We aim to elucidate the current state of knowledge and showcase the results of these ongoing and legacy measurements, mitigations, and potential for future changes.  The session will be facilitated by the U.S. Permafrost Association as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. We seek participation from a diverse set of participants, including scientists and engineers from all fields of permafrost research. In particular, studies on engineering approaches that preserve the integrity of permafrost in rural communities encountering permafrost-related hazards are encouraged.


    Anna M Wagner; Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

     

    Jerry Brown; U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA)

     

    Emma Lathrop; Northern Arizona University