[CRYOLIST] ANTPAS session – ISAES 2019

Marc Oliva oliva_marc at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 23 01:23:34 PST 2019

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw yourattention to a session organized by the ANTPAS (AntarcticPermafrost and Soils) at the upcoming 13th International Symposium onAntarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) that will be held in Incheon, Republic ofKorea from 22-26 July 2019.


The deadline for abstractsubmission is now open and will close by 31 March 2019.


Within the umbrella of theANTPAS, there will be a session on “Permafrost andPeriglacial ice free areas in Antarctica”


ANTPAS(Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Environments and Soil) promotes the researchon permafrost and periglacial environments that characterize the ice free areasin Antarctica. This session focuses on permafrost, on the overlying activelayer, on the related landforms as well as on the soils that characterizealmost all the ice-free areas in this continent. Thermo-physical conditions ofpermafrost and the active layer are very variable in the Antarctic, both inspace and in time, and have accelerated over the last 20 years. Indeed, someareas of the Antarctic Peninsula have recorded after one of the strongestwarming rates on Earth while in Continental Antarctica, after remarkable climatestability, a warming trend together with an increase of solar radiation areleading large changes in the ice free areas. Therefore, the analyses of theobserved patterns and the response of the landscape can provide insights onrecent and future changes in permafrost regions, which can be also used toexamine ice/land/ocean/atmosphere feedbacks influencing regional, hemisphericand global climate conditions.


Inaddition, Antarctic permafrost areas are also the best terrestrial analogue ofMars conditions and therefore represent an unique opportunity to testtechnology and models for the future Martian exploration.


Transdisciplinarycontributions from permafrost, soils, geomorphology, microclimate, hydrology,geophysics and remote sensing are expected. Although not exclusively, thesession aims to contribute to the new questions from the SCAR Horizon Scanemphasizing on the significance of the fast changing terrestrial environments,for example:

-         What are and havebeen the rates of geomorphic change in different Antarctic regions, and whatare the ages of preserved landscapes?

-         How willpermafrost, the active layer and water availability in Antarctic soils andmarine sediments change in a warming climate, and what are the effects onecosystems and biogeochemical cycles?
We kindly invite researchers working on these topicsto send their contributions to this session.

With best regards,


Marc Oliva

Mauro Guglielmin

Marc Oliva, PhDwww.marcoliva.com

 Antarctic, Arctic and Alpine Environments (ANTALP) research groupDepartment of Geography, Universitat de Barcelona
 Montalegre 6-8, 3r floor, 08001 - Barcelona+34 934037867 / +34 616104266

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