It has been 25 years since the Conference on Periglacial Processes in Granada (1993), where the IPA-Spain group was created. The group joined the International Permafrost Association (IPA) one year later. Since then, successive IPA-Spain meetings took place until, and in 2007, the Spanish and Portuguese groups of the IPA began their collaboration, which was reflected in six Iberian conferences, the latest one held in 2017. In parallel, researchers from IPA-Spain and IPA-Portugal have advanced in the scientific knowledge about permafrost and periglacial geomorphology in Iberian and other mountain ranges, as well as in Polar Regions.
On the occasion of this event, it has been proposed that a Special Issue be published in the prestigious journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, sponsored by the IPA (impact factor 2.815 in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®).
The aim is to update knowledge on cold geomorphological processes, including permafrost, in mountain environments where these are restricted to the highest altitudes. To this end, scientific research papers focusing on the study of periglacial geomorphology and permafrost in the Iberian massifs and in other mountains of the Mediterranean region, as well as in other mountain areas of low- and mid-latitudes where these processes are marginal (e.g. high inter-tropical mountains) will be considered for publication.
Researchers interested in participating in this Special Issue should send an e-mail with a brief abstract (max. 200 words) to email@example.com by 20 April, also indicating the title of the contribution and its authors.
The papers sent for the Special Issue must follow the format of the journal (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991530/homepage/forauthors.html). The originals can be sent only through the journal’s platform, between 1 September and 31 December 2018.
For more information please contact Jesús Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo, Spain) or Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain).
A new version of Quantarctica has been released. Quantarctica compiles Antarctic spatial data in various themes and data are provided by various organisations, institutions and programs. The download is free and available here or click on the image below.
It is with great pleasure that ANTPAS announces our new Co-Chair and we would like to warmly welcome Marc Oliva from the University of Barcelona into the ANTPAS family. Marc will take over as Co-Chair from Gonçalo Vieira during the SCAR Biennial Conference in Davos (POLAR2018) in June of this year. Mauro Guglielmin, our second Co-Chair, will remain in his position. ANTPAS extends its gratitude and appreciation to Gonçalo for co-chairing ANTPAS for the previous years. He will remain a member of our Steering Committee.
We also warmly thank the four other candidates - Dan Morgan, Filip Hrbacek, William Berry Lyons and Zicheng Yu - for their participation and commitment to supporting ANTPAS by standing as candidates for the Co-Chair position. Their participation greatly increased the profile of our group and the interest in the voting process.
We wish the Steering Committee (existing and new members) all the very best for their term!
An exciting new young researcher award has just been announced. The University of Madrid, through the Department of Geography and its Research Group of Physical Geography of High Mountains has opened a call for a Young Researchers Award on works related to the cryosphere science and research in mountain areas. The outstanding works will be published in two issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. These are:
Young researchers in the process of presenting their PhD thesis or who have submitted it not before January 1, 2014 are encouraged to participate. Have a look here for guidelines of the award.
ANTPAS wishes everyone a happy Antarctica Day! Every year on 1 December we celebrate that amazing, beautiful and absolutely inspiring continent that belongs to none of us and all of us at the same time. On 1 December 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace and science. We wish all our colleagues already in Antarctica, or departing for Antarctica, a successful field season!
The Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN) will be organising a 2-day workshop, open to all PYRN member, in conjunction with EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). The workshop will take place on June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France) and all permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend. If you are not yet a member of PYRN please join them through their online form. The workshop is kindly supported by UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club and free of charge for the participants! There are also travel grants of up to EUR250 on offer to a limited number of participants. You can apply for a travel grant here - please apply by 15 January 2018. For any queries please contact PYRN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop program is as follows:
In 2014 the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process to seek input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. As many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions and it is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted. Questions were submitted by individuals primarily active in the fields of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.
The survey consists of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Please complete the permafrost survey, by 20 December, at
For any questions please contact Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (email@example.com) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (Hugues.Lantuit@awi.de).
At the recent workshop in Varese it was decided to move ANTPAS from an Expert Group to a Research Program so what is a Research Program? Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) are major international scientific initiatives coordinated by SCAR, with the focus to addressing scientific questions that will require sustained efforts over 6-8 years. ANTPAS will do well within this, since it addresses crucial questions on Antarctic soils, permafrost environments, as well as the active layer. Furthermore, ANTPAS collaborates extensibvely with the biological sciences, since fauna and flora find their niches within Antarctic soils (as well as other environments, of course). AS such, ANTPAS can, as an SRP, address major, priority scientific issues of global or fundamental importance, at the cutting edge of the science, that will require substantial field-work and/or observations in the Antarctic to be successful. More on the SCAR guidelines on establishing am SRP is available here.
Abstract submission to Polar2018 has been extended to 12 November. The conference features 65 session that fall within 12 categories. Submit your abstract here. When you submit your abstracts, have a look at the four sessions either chaired or convened by ANTPAS members. When you submit your abstract to those sessions remember to mention ANTPAS in your abstract. We hope to see you all in Davos in 2018!
How do I become a member?
HOW CAN ANTPAS HELP MY RESEARCH?
You can list your project(s) as one that contributes to one of ANTPAS objectives. In order to have your project considered as an ANTPAS project, you should send a request by email to the co-chairs with an abstract of the project objectives and expected outcomes.
HOW CAN I LINK MY PROJECT WITH ANTPAS?
The Steering Committee is able to provide a letter of support to project proposals showing excellent quality and clearly linked to ANTPAS objectives. An abstract of the project, with clearly stated objectives, including the list of project researchers and the top 5 publications by the team should be sent to the Steering Committee for evaluation, so that a letter is prepared.
HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE ANTPAS SUPPORT?
A reference to ANTPAS should be included in the acknowledgements in the papers to be published. If you are presenting at an ANTPAS-organised event or one that is affiliated with ANTPAS, or have received funding from ANTPAS to present your work at any event, please include the ANTPAS logo and SCAR logo in your presentation.
IS ANTPAS INTERNATIONALLY AFFILIATED?
ANTPAS IS an Expert Working Group of SCAR. SCAR fosters international collaboration and engagement and is an International Council for Science (ICSU)-affiliated body. The ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.