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Permafrost is defined as ground (soil or rock and included ice or organic material) that remains at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years.

As the climate is warming, permafrost is thawing around the globe. This is of concern for several reasons,…


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Permafrost is defined as ground (soil or rock and included ice or organic material) that remains at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years.

As the climate is warming, permafrost is thawing around the globe. This is of concern for several reasons, including the release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost and the collapse of buildings and other structures build on thawing ground.

With this group, we pull together some informational videos and interviews from leading permafrost experts around the globe to help share the latest research results, provide professional development advice to early career permafrost researchers, and other related information.

For more information on the group host, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, visit apecs.is

For more information on what permafrost is and conferences and publications, visit the International Permafrost Association's website: ipa.arcticportal.org

A number of the videos on this channel are from an Introduction to Changing Permafrost in the Arctic Landscape - an outreach effort from the US National Science Foundation Arctic System Science Thermokarst Project: thermokarst.psu.edu/ This research project is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort to study the responses of Arctic landscapes to permafrost degradation known as thermokarst - landscape features caused by structural failure following the melting of ground ice. As the arctic climate warms, there is increasing report of thermokarst incidence. Responses of geomorphology, stream networks, terrestrial and aquatic ecosyststems, however, are poorly understood.

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