Information - CR20 Open session on permafrost (co-listed in CL, GM & NH)
Permafrost is a widespread phenomenon in polar areas and cold mountain terrain. Geomorphic processes that are associated with permafrost have also had a strong influence on the morphogenesis of vast areas in the mid latitudes during the Pleistocene. In the light of present and likely future climate changes, permafrost environments are expected to undergo rapid changes. Alterations in the thermal regime may cause geotechnical and environmental problems, mainly in terms of thaw subsidence, increased frequencies of rapid mass movement and severe changes of soil moisture contents and water balance.
Permafrost research can thus contribute to the understanding of present and past periglacial processes and landforms, help to obtain valuable information from e.g. geomorphology or monitoring networks and provide the basis for simulations of possible future developments within this fragile environment.
In this session we invite contributions about permafrost and related topics that come from all disciplines, backgrounds, applied methodologies and geographic areas and that do not explicitly belong to any of the other specialized sessions.
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