Please consider submitting your abstracts to one of the ANTPAS session for SouthCOP19. The session description appears below. Abstract submission closes 7 April and can be submitted through the SouthCOP website.
ANTPAS (Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Environments and Soil) promotes the research on permafrost and periglacial environments that characterize the ice free areas in Antarctica. This session focuses on permafrost, on the overlying active layer, on the related landforms as well as on the soils that characterize almost all the ice-free areas in this continent. Thermo-physical conditions of permafrost and the active layer are very variable in the Antarctic, both in space and in time, and have accelerated over the last 20 years. Indeed, some areas of the Antarctic Peninsula have recorded after one of the strongest warming rates on Earth while in Continental Antarctica, after remarkable climate stability, a warming trend together with an increase of solar radiation are leading large changes in the ice free areas. Therefore, the analyses of the observed patterns and the response of ecosystems and of the landscape can provide insights on recent and future changes in permafrost regions, which can be also used to examine ice/land/ocean/atmosphere feedbacks influencing regional, hemispheric and global climate conditions. In addition, Antarctic permafrost areas are also the best terrestrial analogue of Mars conditions and therefore represent an unique opportunity to test technology and models for the future Martian exploration. Transdisciplinary contributions from permafrost, soils, geomorphology, microclimate, hydrology, geophysics and remote sensing are expected. Although not exclusively, the session aims to contribute to the new questions from the SCAR Horizon Scan emphasizing on the significance of the fast changing terrestrial environments, for example:
- What are and have been the rates of geomorphic change in different Antarctic regions, and what are the ages of preserved landscapes?
- How will permafrost, the active layer and water availability in Antarctic soils and marine sediments change in a warming climate, and what are the effects on ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles?
Submit your abstracts to the upcoming first SouthCOP, to be held 4-14 December of this year in Queenstown, New Zealand. Within the umbrella of the ANTPAS, two sessions will be organized.
1. ANTPAS - Antarctic Permafrost and Soils
The objective of this session is to examine the state of permafrost and active layer dynamics in ice-free regions in Antarctica and their relations with the ecosystems and landscape. All these indeed are undergoing significant environmental changes in response to recent climate trends.
2. Past environments in permafrost regions
The objective of this session is to examine the state of the art and on recent achievements on understanding past environments in permafrost regions in large areas of the Southern Hemisphere, as well as to detect gaps and areas where permafrost research needs to be improved.
Visit the SouthCOP website (https://southcop19.com) or submit abstracts directly at https://southcop19.com/call-for-abstracts. For more information click here.
The International Science Organising Committee (ISOC) for SCAR’s 2020 Open Science Conference is drawing up a preliminary list of session titles and is inviting submission of brief ideas for sessions. Please send your ideas (one line only) by email to email@example.com. Also indicate if you are interested in convening or helping with the suggested session in any way. Also please specify what type of session would work best (e.g. parallel session/mini symposium).
Overarching themes may include:
SouthCOP - The first Southern Hemisphere Regional Conference on Permafrost will be held from 4-14 December 2019 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference will include optional 3 day field trips both before and after the main meeting that will explore a range of landscapes, geological and glacial features within the Southern Alps.
This is the final call for suggestions for session topics. If you have a suggestion for a conference session and/or would like to convene such a session please register your interest before Nov 1 at www.southcop19.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Have a look at a selection of the presentations presented at the recent 2017 Varese Workshop. We will upload more as they become available.
Antpas members recently attended two conferences: Polar2018 and EUCOP5. For more on Polar2018 have a look at our previous post. News items from the EUCOP5 held in Chamonix, France are listed below.
Megan Balks presented at the council of the International Permafrost Association the 1st Southern Hemisphere Conference on Permafrost (SouthCOP). This conference is scheduled to take place in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 7-11 December 2019. So pencil in these dates, you won't want to miss this conferene!
Marc Oliva, our new Co-Chair, presented a proposal for organizing the next VI EUCOP in Puigcerdà (Eastern Pyrenees) in June 2022. It was a preliminary proposal but could be an excellent opportunity to disseminate ANTPAS research activities on Antarctic permafrost and periglacial processes.
A workshop was also held on the latest activities and new structure of the GTN-P. Information in this is available at: https://gtnp.arcticportal.org/.
A new IPA-Action Group on rock glaciers was also presented at EUCOP5 aiming to provide common guidelines for the inventory and cataloging of these landforms. Several activities (including a workshop) are planned during the next two years to be presented at the next ICOP meeting in Langzhou, China, scheduled for 2020. ANTPAS has committed to catalog all rock glaciers existing in Antarctica so if you would like to contribute to this initiative please contact us.
Don't forget to submit your papers for consideration for the Awards for Young Researchers. The deadline is 1st September 2019. Who can apply for the award? You must be a young researcher in the process of presenting your PhD thesis have submitted your PhD not before January 1, 2014.
Outstanding submissions will be published in two issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. Editors of the Cryosphere Science Special Issue are David Palacios (Complutense University of Madrid), Jose M. García-Ruiz (CSIC), Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona), and Jose María Fernández-Fernández (Complutense University of Madrid). Editors of the Research on Mountain Areas Special Issue are Nuria de Andrés (Complutense University of Madrid), Amelia Gómez-Villar (University of León), Luis Miguel Tanarro (Complutense University of Madrid), and Jesus Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo).
More on the award can be seen found on the comprehensive https://www.ucm.es/gfam/young-researchers-award. Good luck!
Have a look at the POLAR2018 book of abstracts here.
Join us for the Permafrost landforms in the two Poles as possible Mars analogue session at POLAR2018 tomorrow (20 June). The session is chaired by Mauro Guglielmin, the ANTPAS Chair, and will be held in A Dischma in the Davos Kongresszentrum from 16:00-17:30.
Antpas will hold a workshop at the upcoming POLAR2018 conference. The session will be held on 17 June from 12 AM to 3 PM at the Rinerhorn Room. All those interested in joining the workshop are welcome! The agenda follows below.
We hope to see you on the 17th!
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.