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Permafrost young researchers at

TICOP Salekhard, Russia, June 2012

PYRN charter flight PYRN open air PYRN workshop

The main permafrost event during the last 4 years Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP) “Resources and risks of permafrost areas in the changing world” took place from 25 to 29 June 2012 at the Arctic Circle in Salekhard, Russia More than 150 permafrost young researcher (PYRs) fruitfully visited this unique scientific and engineering permafrost event on true frozen ground under support of senior permafrost researchers, administrative and business people during June 2012. The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) is an international organization that fosters collaboration amongst its members and seeks to recruit, retain, and promote future generations of permafrost researchers. PYRN began as the International Permafrost Association (IPA) initiative. PYRN seeks to increase global awareness, understanding, and action in relation to permafrost in a changing climate. Our main goal is to provide a common forum to communicate and exchange ideas related to permafrost science and engineering. This includes coordinating activities such as workshops, meetings, and awards to encourage PYRN members to share knowledge and expertise on permafrost-­‐related topics.

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TICOP PYRN workshop Science and career skill Goals

The one-­‐day TICOP PYRN Workshop for 150 young researchers was held on 24th June, 2012 under support of the Yamal-­‐Nenets Government


Focus on research topics and skills specific to permafrost;

09:00 -­‐ 09:10 Opening Remarks – PYRN Introduction (Julia Khalilova)

Support professional development of young researchers

09:10 -­‐ 09:35 Plenary -­‐ State of Permafrost -­‐ Urgent issues of Permafrost Science (Antoni Lewkowicz)

Senior permafrost researcher

09:35 -­‐ 09:55 Panel Discussion -­‐ PYRN long-­‐term goals (Erin Trochim)

More than twenty senior permafrost researchers shared their rich experience with students (underground and Phd as well) in each session, coordinating content with PYRN session leader prior to the workshop.

09:55 -­‐ 10:15 Invited Talk -­‐ Studying Permafrost: Interdisciplinary Style (Sarah Godsey & Ben Abbott) 10:15 -­‐ 10:30 Tunnel Man Last Episode (Kenji Yoshikawa) 10:30 -­‐ 11:00 Third Forum for permafrost young scientists in Yakutia (Leonid Gagarin & Anna Urban) 11:00 -­‐ 12:00 Breakout Sessions -­‐ Research (Part I) 12:05 -­‐ 13:00 Breakout Sessions -­‐ Research (Part II)

PYRN session leader PYRN session leaders were volunteers invited by the PYRN ExCom.

14:00 -­‐ 15:00 Breakout Sessions -­‐ Careers (Part III) 15:05 -­‐ 16:00 Breakout Sessions -­‐ Careers (Part IV)

Senior and young leaders of sessions were encouraged to model good pedagogy and tailor material to be appropriate for an international audience.


PYRN activity at TICOP Breakout Sessions - Research (1-5): 1.

Natural and technogenic risks in permafrost zone

Part I. 11:00 - 12:00 Rivkin F.R. rus* Niu Fujun Agergaard Frederik Khalilova Julia Part II. 12:05 - 13:00 James Rooney Sergeev D.O. Arenson Lukas Margaret Cysewski Agergaard Frederik


Geotechnical mapping of permafrost, assessment of natural and technologenic risks in permafrost Thermokarst lakes in permafrost regions and their influences on the local roadbed PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Conceptualizing long term engineering performance and risks in permafrost terrain; career experiences “Key problems” in permafrost risks evaluation Permafrost Engineering and Climate Change PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Natural and man-caused cryogenic processes

Part I. 11:00 - 12:00 Grigoriev M.N. Jef Vandenberghe Vasiliev A.A. rus* Belova Natalia Guenther Frank

Coastal shelf permafrost zone of the Arctic seas in Asia: Cryogenic coastal processes, the evolution of the submarine permafrost, changes and risks Reconstruction of palaeo-permafrost development and evolution and the potential link to palaeo-climate reconsrtruction The evolution of coastal and shelf permafrost under changing climate PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Part II. 12:05 - 13:00 Solomatin V.I. Grebenez V.I. Wu Tonghua Belova Natalia

Underground ice and forecast of destructive processes development on territory of oil- and gas fields The negative consequences of permafrost "dying" PYRN session leader PYRN session leader


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Distribution and thickness of permafrost

Part I. 11:00 - 12:00 Douglas Thomas Dario Trombotto Zeleznyak M.N. rus* Ma Yingzhao Abramov Andrey Part II. 12:05 - 13:00 Stephan Gruber Kholodov Alexander Yoshihiro Iijima Lupachev Aleksey Lee Hanna


(Almost) 10 years of data from a CALM site in Interior Alaska: Working through data interpretation Andean Permafrost Geothermal field and thickness of the Siberian platform permafrost. The current state and dynamics PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Isothermal permafrost as a challenge for monitoring and research International permafrost monitoring programs (GTN-P and TSP) Recent ecohydrological change in relation to permafrost degradation in eastern Siberia PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Geocryology is multidisciplinary research

Part I. 11:00 - 12:00 Shesternev D.M. rus* Christine Siegert. rus* Ming-Ko Woo Semenova Olga Helbig Manuel

Permafrost changes in Transbaikalia under global climate change over the past 400 thousand years Ice Complex deposits – a data archive for reconstructing environmental conditions during Late Pleistocene Permafrost hydrology: unfrozen water in a frozen world PYRN session leader PYRN session leader

Part II. 12:05 - 13:00 Galanin A.A. Anna E. Klene Vagapov Ildar 5.

The Theories and Chronology of the Late Pleistocene glaciations of Asian Northeast: multiplicative approach Interdisciplinary applications of the Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring program: Examples from northern Alaska PYRN session leader

Biotic contribution from ancient permafrost to current biodiversity

Part I and Part II. 11:00 - 13:00 Kargapolov V.G. rus* The role of vegetation in the northern landscape transformation Brouchkov A.V. Microorganisms of permafrost in Mammoth Mountain Kraev Gleb PYRN session leader 5

PYRN activity at TICOP Breakout Sessions - Careers (6-10): Part III and Part IV. 14:00 - 16:00. 6.

Efficient written communication: Research grants, reports & papers Mentors: Stephan Gruber, Galanin A.A. PYRN session leaders: Wesley Farnsworth, Abramov Andrey, Ivanov Egor


Strategic early career planning & families Mentors: James Rooney, Naimushina A.G. (rus*) PYRN session leaders: Kaverin Dmitry, Trindade Nieuwendam Alexandre


Presenting you & your research: Conferences, websites & networking Mentors: Douglas Thomas, Sergeev D.O. PYRN session leader: Erin Trochim


Job searches: Applications, interviews and job talks Mentors: Anna E. Klene, Christine Siegert (rus*), Larry Hinzman PYRN session leaders: Godsey Sarah Elizabeth, Kistanov Oleg, Maslakov Aleksey

10. Negotiation & conflict resolution: From potential jobs to difficult situations PYRN session leaders: Abbott Benjamin, Kraev Gleb 11. Finance Your International Scientific Research PYRN session leaders: Abbott Benjamin, Kraev Gleb rus* - presentation in Russian language

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Senior permafrost scientists and engineers according sessions 1.Natural and technogenic risks in permafrost zone

Rivkin Felix Mendeleevich, Doc. of Geological Sc., Honored Builder of Russia. Head of Engineering geocryological survey and GIS in Open Joint Stock Company «FUNDAMENTPROEKT». Specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental surveys and engineering geocryological observations for the oil and gas deposits and pipelines construction; interaction of pipelines and frozen soils; GIS technology. Language – Russian.

Niu Fujun, Ph.D, Professor of State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering, Cold and Arid Regions Engineering and Environmental Research Institute, CAS. He is vice-director of the state key laboratory a co-chairman of the Work Group of Permafrost Engineering under the IPA. His main research interests focus on infrastructures, geological hazards and environment in permafrost regions. Now he is working on the potential roadbed problems of the Qinghai-Tibet railway and regional permafrost change under the climate change and engineering activities. Language – English.

James W. Rooney was President of R&M Consultants, Inc. and an original partner of this Alaskan engineering firm that began in Fairbanks in 1969. Mr. Rooney is a geotechnical engineer and has over 50 years of experience in engineering design and construction of facilities in cold climates. He has both a BSCE and MSCE and is a past president of USPA and a former member of the US Polar Research Board. He has participated on many US/Russian technical exchange programs. Language – English.



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Sergeev Dmitry Olegovich, Head of Permafrost Laboratory at Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS (IEG RAS) in Moscow (Russia). Geologist specializes on permafrost processes, geothermal observations. Language – English.

Lukas Arenson, Dr.Sc.Techn.ETH, P.Eng., Senior Geotechnical Engineer in BGC Engineering Inc., Vancouver BC, Canada. Dr. Arenson specialised in frozen soil mechanics and geothermal modeling. He is experienced in using remote sensing data and GIS analysis tools to characterise surface morphology and evaluate changes in surface characteristics for engineering purposes. He has also studied the effects of natural air convection in cold climates. His project experience includes glaciological and permafrost baseline studies for environmental impact assessments and geothermal designs of dams and road embankments. Language – English. 2.Natural and man-caused cryogenic processes Stuart Harris is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Prof. Harris has about 170 publications predominantly on permafrost, including a book on engineering in permafrost environments. Stuart has an Honours B.Sc. (Mineralogy and Petrology – 1952), M.Sc. (Sedimentary Petrology – 1955) and external Ph.D in Glacial Geomorphology, as well as a D.Sc in Geography from Queen Mary College University of London. He carried out the engineering for 80,000 troops in Egypt for 16 months (1954-5). The Nikolai Mihailovich Prjevalsky Medal was awarded to him for his research on Alpine Permafrost by the Russian Geographical Society in September, 1996. Language – English. Solomatin Vladimir Ivanovich, Head of the Laboratory of Geoecology of the North, Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor, Doc. of Geographical Sc. Engaged in research of underground glaciation of permafrost, geoecology of the North, mechanisms and geography of underground ice formation. Explores the impact of underground glaciation on the dynamics of the coastal zone of Arctic seas. Language – English. !


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Grigoriev Mikhail Nikolaevich, Deputy Director at the Permafrost Institute SB RAS, Yakutsk, Doc. of Geological Sc. Grounded from Geomorphology department, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University. The main fields of interest: cryogenic processes, permafrost terrain, coastal dynamics, underwater permafrost, the flow of terrigenous sediment and carbon in the Arctic basin. Region - the Arctic. Language – English.

Prof. dr.Jef Vandenberghe's general scientific expertise is in the field of geomorphology and sedimentology of river and wind deposits and inferred palaeoclimatological reconstructions. A main part of Vandenberghe's research activities focus on (former) periglacial (permafrost) and semi-arid environments. His research extended over many regions in western, central and eastern Europe, as well as in Surinam, China and Indonesia. He has been (is) member of the editorial board of 7 international journals. He was also the coordinator of an EUFP funded project EPECC (EV5V-CT93-0273). Vandenberghe has 3 special professorships in China and Serbia. Language – English. ! Vasiliev Alexander Alekseevich, chief researcher at the Institute of Earth Cryosphere SB RAS. Graduated from Faculty of Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1974, defended his PhD thesis in 1980, and doctoral dissertation in 2005. Area of research - the evolution of coastal marine and offshore permafrost in a changing climate and ocean (marine) environment. Organized and participated in several marine expeditions to the Kara Sea for studying the permafrost of shelf. Language – Russian.

3.Distribution and thickness of permafrost

Dr. Thomas A. Douglas, Research Chemist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Fairbanks, Alaska USA. Research interests: -Climate: The biogeochemical and hydrologic responses of permafrost to climate warming; carbon itemization; ecosystem change. -Snow and sea ice chemistry: trace contaminants in the Arctic; the deposition and fate of mercury in the cryosphere; the chemical composition of snow and sea ice; major element loading to snow packs; stable isotope chemistry of snow. -Geochemistry: bedrock sources of major elements in surface and ground waters; water-rock interaction; mineral weathering and soil formation; stable isotopes in precipitation and surface waters. -Hydrogeology: spatiotemporal changes in watershed geochemistry; biogeochemical signatures in snow melt. Language – !



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Dr. Dario Trombotto, Geologist, Córdoba, Argentina. Specialized on South American Geocryology of passed and present periglacial environments. Doctoral thesis at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (1988). He cooperates with the Spanish Terminology for the Geocryology. Argentine representative of the IPA. Contact Investigator in Mendoza for permafrost active layer at the Global Terrestrial Network for Clima. Founded the Argentine and South American Association of Permafrost and of the IPA working group: Permafrost map and Thermal State of Permafrost for Tropical Mountains. Presently he is researcher at Argentine Institute for Snow Research, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences - National Research Council. Language – English.

Zheleznyak Mikhail Nikolaevich, Dr. Sci. in Geol. & Miner, acting director and principal research associate at the Melnikov Permafrost Institute; professor at the Permafrost Department of North-Eastern Federal University. Specializes in regional geocryology and geothermal studies. Language – Russian.

Stephan Gruber, Senior Researcher in Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland. My research concerns the understanding and quantification of permafrost and other cryosphere phenomena in mountain areas. In this, I mostly use a combination of field measurements and computer simulations. I greatly enjoy the inspiration and challenge coming from the diverse scientific backgrounds of the people I collaborate and work with. Besides my research I am editor for the journals The Cryosphere and Geografiska Annaler, and I review for several science funding agencies. Language – English.

Alexander Kholodov, Research Scholar Visitor at Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks and senior scientist in Laboratory of Soil Cryology, Institute of Physical-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science RAS. Head of expedition “Beringia” of Russian Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. in Geology, Faculty of Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2001. M.S. in Geocryology, 1996. Language – English.



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Yoshihiro Iijima, Senior Researcher at Research Institute for Global Change, JAMSTEC, Japan. Specializes in climatology, forest hydrology in relation to permafrost science. Field of investigation: eastern Siberia (Yakutsk, Tiksi), Mongolia. Language – English.

4.Geocryology is multidisciplinary research

Shesternev Dmitry Mikhaloivich, Doc. of Technical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Engineering Geocryology at Permafrost Institute SB RAS, a graduate of the Geocryology Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Research areas: general and engineering geocryology, geotechnology and ecology of permafrost. The author and coauthor of 10 patents of the Russian Federation, 10 monographs, 3 textbooks and more than 200 articles and reports in Russia and abroad. Language – Russian.

Christine Siegert, PhD, worked from 1969 to 1990 as a research scientist at the laboratory of cryolithology of the Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk. Between 1992 and 2001 she joined the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marin Research (AWI) in Potsdam as a senior scientist and established a working group for permafrost studies in Siberian polar regions. After retirement she remained a scientific consultant of the AWI permafrost group. Her research focused on mineral formation under permafrost conditions and on the genesis of syncryogenic permafrost deposits using a multidisciplinary approach. Language – German and Russian.

Dr. Ming-ko Woo is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada. He specializes in snow and hydrology of permafrost regions, and has conducted field research for over three decades, working in environments that range from polar deserts of the High Arctic, alpine and subapline areas in Canada and Chinese Tian Shan, to extensive wetlands of the subarctic. He has published several hundred articles with his students and his most recent publication is a book on “Permafrost Hydrology”. Language – English.



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Galanin Aleksey Alexandrovich, Head of the Laboratory of Regional Geocryology and Cryolithology, the Permafrost Institute SB RAS. Doc. of Geography Sc. Author of 60 publications and co-author of 60 publications, including 5 monographs. Area of research: geomorphology, paleogeography, and climate stratigraphy of the Pleistocene glaciations in Bering sector, the theoretical aspects and mechanisms of permafrost terrain and ecosystems evolution, neotectonics and paleoseismicity, rock glaciers, lihenometriya, radiocarbon analysis, Schmidt Hammer Test, tefrahronology. Language – English.

Dr. Anna E. Klene is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Montana. Her research has focused primarily on studying permafrost-climate interactions as part of the Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring project. She has current research projects examining the impacts of urban development on permafrost landscapes in northern Alaska and topoclimatology in the Rocky Mountains. Language – English.

Professor Gensuo Jia, also known as Jiong Jia, is the Deputy Director of the Key Lab of Regional Climate-Environment for East Asia, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He also serves as a lead author of UNEP GEO-5 and a member of ICSU Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) China Committee. Prof. Jia has broad research interests in terrestrial ecology and atmospheric sciences, including vegetation dynamics, land use/cover changes, remote sensing of land surface processes, land-atmosphere interactions, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Language – English.

5.Biotic contribution from ancient permafrost to current biodiversity

Gugalinskaya Lubov Anatol’evna, Doc. of Biological Sc, Senior Fellow at Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Sciences (Pushchino, Moscow region). Field of study - the genesis and history of Late Pleistocene and Holocene soils formation. Graduated from the Faculty of Geography, Soil Geography and Landscape Geochemistry (Chair Mary Alfredovna Glazovskaya) Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Language – Russian. !


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Kargapolov Valentin Dmitrievich, professor at Northeastern State University (Magadan). Field of research - patterns of relationship in permafrost formation. Language – Russian.

Brouchkov Anatoly Victorovich, Head of Geocryology Department, Faculty of Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Field of research - Geocryology. Language – English.

7.Strategic early career planning & families

Naymushina Alla Gennadievna, Doc. of Medical Sc., Assistant Professor, Theory and Methodology of Professional Education Department at the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University. The author of 75 scientific papers on the problems of the Tyumen and north Tyumen region inhabitant’s adaptation. Language – Russian.

9.Job searches: Applications, interviews and job talks Dr. Larry Hinzman is the Director of the International Arctic Research Center and is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Professor Hinzman’s primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 30 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics. Language – English.


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Plenary Talk: State of Permafrost - Urgent issues of Permafrost Science Antoni Lewkowicz, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa, Canada. B.Sc. (1976; Southampton, UK), MA (1978; Ottawa, Canada), PhD (1981; Ottawa, Canada); 1980-1982 EBA Engineering Consultants, Edmonton and Calgary; 1982-1994 Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Toronto; 1994- Associate Professor and Professor, University of Ottawa; 2009- Dean, Faculty of Arts. Field of investigation: Permafrost distribution; permafrost geomorphology; thermokarst; climate change impacts. Language – English.

Tunnel Man Last Episode

Kenji Yoshikawa, professor in the Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC), University of Alaska Fairbanks; he is actively engaged in geophysical, geothermal, hydrologic and permafrost research throughout Alaska. Yoshikawa has aggressively pursued the goals of the Permafrost outreach program and developed good working relationships between the involved science and education communities. Language – English.



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PYRN award The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) hosted its 2012 outstanding presentation award series at the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP) in Salekhard, Yamal-­‐Nenets Autonomous District, Russia. Thanks to the generous contributions of several sponsors six awards could be given during the closing ceremony of the conference. In addition to the regular PYRN-­‐IPA awards for outstanding presentation, this year’s series also included the Troy L. Péwé award and the Pavel I. Melnikov award, which are traditionally given at International Conferences on Permafrost (ICOP), as well as PYRN awards for outstanding national contributions.

The winners of the PYRN’s 2012 Outstanding Presentation Awards are:

We would like to thank Prof. Frederick Nelson (University of Delaware, USA) for his support as senior co-­‐chair of the PYRN Awards committee, Prof. Kenneth Hinkel (University of Cincinnati, USA) for co-­‐ leading the PYRN Awards ceremony, and all session conveners and senior researchers who judged the approximately 150 PYRN contributions.

The 2012 IPA Pavel I. Melnikov Award for outstanding oral presentation (engineering, international):

The 2012 IPA Troy L. Péwé Award for outstanding oral presentation (science, international): Anna Liljedahl (Water and Environmental Research Center and International Arctic research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA) for “Ice-­‐Wedge Polygon Type Controls Low-­‐Gradient Watershed-­‐Scale Hydrology”. She received a money prize of 500 US $ sponsored by the International Permafrost Association (IPA).

Julie Lepage (Department of Civil Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, Canada) for “Thermal Performance of the Permafrost Protection Techniques at Beaver Creek Experimental Road Site, Yukon,


PYRN activity at TICOP Canada”. She received a money prize of 500 US $ sponsored by the IPA.

The 2012 The PYRN-­‐IPA Award for outstanding poster presentation (science):

The 2012 PYRN Award for outstanding oral presentation (science, national):

Corina Doerfer (Geographical Institute, University of Tuebingen, Germany) for “SOC Pools and Stocks in Permafrost-­‐affected Soils on the Tibetan Plateau”. She received a one-­‐year personal subscription to the journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes sponsored by the John Wiley & Sons.

Aleksander Pastukhov (Institute of Biology, Komi Science Center, Syktyvkar, Russia) for “The spatial distribution of SOC in the forest tundra of the European North-­‐East”. He received a money prize of 15000 Rubles sponsored by the government of the Yamal-­‐Nenets Autonomous District. The 2012 PYRN Award for outstanding oral presentation (engineering, national): Maria Cherbunina (Faculty of Geology, Lomonossow Moscow State University, Russia) for “Method of Choosing the Optimal Location for the Oil Pipeline Route Using Engineering-­‐Geocryological Cost Maps”. She received a money prize of 15000 Rubles sponsored by the government of the Yamal-­‐Nenets Autonomous District.

The 2012 The PYRN-­‐IPA Award for outstanding poster presentation (engineering): Samuel Weber (Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland) for “Design of a Measurement Assembly to Study In-­‐Situ Rock Damage Driven by Freezing”. He received a money prize of 200 US $ sponsored by the IPA.


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PYRN summer field school The permafrost field school «Salekhard University Courses on Permafrost» was taking place from June 30 -­‐ July 9, 2012 in the Polar Urals (Yamal-­‐Nenets autonomous district). The permafrost summer field school «Salekhard University Courses on Permafrost» was organized by the IPA and PYRN in the Polar Ural Mountains and lead by V.I. Grebenez, Associate Professor of cryolithology and glaciology from Moscow State University. During these 10 days, 37 PYRs from Russia, China, USA, Austria, France and Germany visited the Romantikov Glacier, the hyperbasite massif Ray-­‐Iz, the chromite minefield "Tsentralnoye", the geological museum in the core warehouse of Labytnangi settlement and went climbing the Chernaya Mountain with a panoramic overview of the biggest outcrop of mantle rocks in the East-­‐ European–West-­‐Siberian continental plates connection. The main topics were cryogenic processes, alpine permafrost, regional geology and quaternary history, and geomorphological landforms and processes.


PYRN activity at TICOP Day 1 Excursion on the glacial moraines in the valley of Enga-­‐Yu river. Climbing the Chernaya Mountain with panoramic overview of the hyperbasite massif Ray-­‐ Iz (the biggest outcrop of the mantle rocks in the East-­‐European – West-­‐ Siberian continental plates connection). Day 2 Excursion in the southern part of the Ray-­‐Iz massif to the Romantikov Glacier, exploration of the glacial landscape and cryogenic phenomena. Day 3 Excursion to the Ray-­‐Iz massif including a visit to the chromite minefield "Tsentralnoye" ("Central") and hiking along the glacial valley of the Makar-­‐Ruz River to the ore point of A.N. Zavaritsky – the first point where chromites on Ray-­‐Iz were discovered (in 1925). Examination of exotic rocks and minerals in the Left Makar-­‐Ruz creek valley. Day 4 Excursion on the mountainous plateau of the Ray-­‐Iz massif (900-­‐1000 m a.s.l.) to the Topographov glacier, exploring the deep mantle rocks, glacial landforms and moraines of the upper part of Enga-­‐ Yu river valley. Visitors will have panoramic view of the Polar Ural mountains from the Pay-­‐Er Mountain – the highest point of Polar Urals at 1472 m a.s.l.


PYRN activity at TICOP Day 5 Excursion on the moraines of the middle part of Enga-­‐Yu river and visit to the area of the prospecting works for platinum, led by the expedition of A.N. Zavaritsky in 1925. Day 6 Crossing of the Ray-­‐Iz massif through the Kerdoman-­‐Shor and Nyrdvomen-­‐ Shor river glacial valleys up to the zone of the northern tectonic contact of Ray-­‐Iz massif, to the geologic natural monument “Nyrdvomen-­‐ Shor”. Inspection of perennial snowpack and abyssal rocks. Day 7 Excursion to picturesque part of the “Nyrdvomen-­‐Shor” natural monument, inspection of wonderfully exposed zone of continental plates tectonic contact, the trans-­‐uralic collision suture; visit of nephrite, jadeite, californite and copper pyrite deposits and minefields. Overview of the varied landforms, snowpacks, lakes, waterfalls. Day 8 Hiking track from the Nyrdvomen-­‐ Shor site to the Sob’ railway station to the Sob’ river, by the western slope of the Paur-­‐Keu massif. Studying the polar alpine meadows vegetation and cryogenic phenomena. Panoramic view of the western branches of the Polar Urals. Rafting down the Sob’ river to the Eastern Nyrdvomen-­‐Shor creek mouth with a stop for the night.

Nyland Kelsey Elizabeth, undergraduate student at the George Washington University Arctic Research Group I thought it was a wonderful course because it brought together a range of expertise for students to learn from. I learned a lot from the hands-­‐on field work with permafrost affected landscapes, but I also found that the lectures covering history, politics, and other fields beyond permafrost science were also very rewarding. But the best parts of the whole expedition were the friends I made with common research and study interests who I


PYRN activity at TICOP Day 9 Rafting down the Sob’ river to Harp settlement with stops for the cascade, moraines, and cryogenic features inspection at the eastern margin of Ray-­‐Iz massif. Day 10 Transfer to Salekhard (or Oktiabrsky settlement) from Harp settlement with a visit to the geological museum in the core warehouse of Labytnangi settlement.

TICOP field school for young scientists gave a perfect chance to meet colleagues from over Russia and world and to change knowledge and ideas “in situ” being in real permafrost conditions. The deep and diverse lectures by senior scientists and engineers provided great insight into natural geological, geomorphological, hydrological processes in permafrost zone as well as peculiarities of construction, mining and utilities under condition of severe climate and perennially frozen ground. Lectures supported by real examples and our own field work during long and different field trips provided better understanding and was a proper base for developing new scientific questions. Lectures and everyday walking routes covered wide range of natural phenomena and research themes. Bringing together young scientists from different fields of permafrost and associated sciences caused discussions and knowledge exchange. From my point of view such field trips with rich scientific, field, educational and cultural program are essential step in training young people – future research scientists, engineers and natural resource managers.

Lyudmila Lebedeva, master student of Land Hydrology Department, State St. Petersburg University


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With gratitude


The experience, collaborations, joy, and memories that were gained by PYRs during TICOP were made possible by the incredible support of the Yamal-­‐Nenets Autonomous District government. 150 stipends were provided to PYRs and included conference registration fee, airfare, accommodation, meals and social events.

















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Gifts to PYRs

During TICOP the new PYRN Executive Committee (ExCom) was formed consisting of 13 enthusiastic early stage permafrost researchers from all over the world. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between APECS, IPA, and PYRN was signed during TICOP shall renew and enhance the close cooperation on aspects of polar research that are of mutual interest in the future.

Generous gifts to PYRs from senior permafrost scientists: L.N. Krizuk presented the monograph ”Ground Ice of West Siberia” (16 pieces) and Paul Overduin the Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region (16 pieces).

The photoreport and pictures in Panoramio were prepared by A. Radosteva The article about TICOP with accent on pipelines is published in the Oil&Oil Products Pipeline Transportation: Science & Technologies journal (Transneft). Author: J. Khalilova (Stanilovskaya) on the page 31 The pictures in these reports were taken by couple dozens of PYRs. If you mind using it please let us know. Video of local journalists about PYRN open air and PYRN workshop Video about TICOP by permafrost young researcher Oleg Ostanin from Altay

TICOP 2012 Salekhard

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PYRN activity during TICOP was organized by PYRN ExCom and PYRN Russia volunteers: Belova Natalia Gorbachev Pavel Khalilova Julia Korobova Tatyana Kraev Gleb Morgenstern Anne Radosteva Anastasia Shmelev Denis Trochim Erin Urban Anna Wagner Anna Thanks to IPA and Local Organizers, especially to Ekaterina Gilas, senior officer, department of International and External Economic Relations, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District

The report was prepared by Julia Khalilova (Stanilovskaya) PYRN representative at TICOP

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