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Periglacial Environments I: Permafrost

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Polar Geography Specialty Group, Cryosphere Specialty Group, Eurasian Specialty Group
Organizers: Kelsey Nyland, Raven Mitchell
Chairs: Kelsey Nyland


This session will focus on permafrost, a typical component of periglacial (cold, but unglaciated) environments. Permafrost areas have been found to be particularly impacted by warming climate and are undergoing significant change. The World Meteorological Organization has dubbed permafrost as an “Essential Climate Variable” due to the equally significant feedback mechanisms between changing permafrost conditions and Earth’s climate. In addition, permafrost has a considerable impact on changing human-environment-technology relations in remote high-latitude or -altitude regions typically with less developed infrastructure and higher presence of indigenous peoples. Difficulties associated with building and maintaining infrastructure on permafrost necessitates higher economic and social costs for the specific technological solutions required. Meanwhile, indigenous people have a long and rich history of utilizing permafrost in cultural and subsistence activities. Today, extractive activities and climate change have significant impact on permafrost that, in turn, affect indigenous cultures, infrastructure and environment.

If you are interested in participating, please send your abstract and PIN to Kelsey Nyland (, Raven Mitchell (, or Vera Kuklina ( by October 30th.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tara McAllister*, George Washington University, Kelsey Nyland, George Washington University , 2019 International Arctic Field Course 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Nikolay Shiklomanov*, George Washington University, Kelsey Nyland, George Washington University, Dmitry Streletskiy, George Washington University, Interactions between permafrost and society: Examples from traditional and urban activities. 15 12:00 AM

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