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Volume 9, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 9, 1715-1720, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1715-2015
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The Cryosphere, 9, 1715-1720, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1715-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Brief communication 26 Aug 2015

Brief communication | 26 Aug 2015

Brief Communication: Future avenues for permafrost science from the perspective of early career researchers

M. Fritz1,a, B. N. Deshpande2,3, F. Bouchard3,4,5, E. Högström6,7, J. Malenfant-Lepage3,4,8, A. Morgenstern1, A. Nieuwendam9, M. Oliva9, M. Paquette3,4, A. C. A. Rudy10, M. B. Siewert11,12, Y. Sjöberg11,12, and S. Weege1,13 M. Fritz et al.
  • 1Department of Periglacial Research, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), 14473 Potsdam, Germany
  • 2Department of Biology, Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
  • 3Centre for Northern Studies (CEN), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
  • 4Department of Geography, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC H2V 2B8, Canada
  • 5Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Quebec, QC G1K 9A9, Canada
  • 6Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation (GEO), Vienna University of Technology (TUW), 1040 Vienna, Austria
  • 7Austrian Polar Research Institute, Vienna University, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • 8Department of Civil and Water Engineering, Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
  • 9Center for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 10Department of Geography, Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
  • 11Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 12The Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 13Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
  • acurrently at: Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences – Geochemistry, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Abstract. Accelerating climate change and increased economic and environmental interests in permafrost-affected regions have resulted in an acute need for more directed permafrost research. In June 2014, 88 early career researchers convened to identify future priorities for permafrost research. This multidisciplinary forum concluded that five research topics deserve greatest attention: permafrost landscape dynamics, permafrost thermal modeling, integration of traditional knowledge, spatial distribution of ground ice, and engineering issues. These topics underline the need for integrated research across a spectrum of permafrost-related domains and constitute a contribution to the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III).

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This is a contribution about the future of permafrost research to the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning 2015 (ICARP III). We summarize the top five research questions for the next decade of permafrost science from the perspective of early career researchers (ECRs). We highlight the pathways and structural preconditions to address these research priorities. This manuscript is an outcome of a community consultation conducted for and by ECRs on a global level.
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