[CRYOLIST] Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017
Hugues.Lantuit at awi.de
Mon Nov 13 08:14:36 PST 2017
The International Permafrost Association (*IPA*) and the Climate and
Cryosphere project (*CliC*) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek
your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of
permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the
relevance of the questions that were submitted.
You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research
priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until
December 20^th , 2017:
The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers
from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were
primarily active in the field 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 core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research
questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote.
The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge
questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of
the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put
forward in the first phase of the process.
The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some
questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group
decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive
manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more
representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater
number of questions.
In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by
category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if
you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to
vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed
randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure.
Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.
The evaluation period will run until December 20^th , 2017. The core
group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of
consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the
Please feel free to share this email and the link with any of your
colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to
Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (ylva.sjoberg at natgeo.su.se
<mailto:ylva.sjoberg at natgeo.su.se>) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP
Core Group (Hugues.Lantuit at awi.de <mailto:Hugues.Lantuit at awi.de>).
It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this
global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be
Thank you for your time and consideration.
*Prof. Dr. Hugues Lantuit*
*Section Periglacial Research*
*Adjunct Professor, University of Potsdam*
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