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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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With gratitude  


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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.  


PYRN activity at TICOP

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  


PYRN activity at TICOP

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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ExCom 2012-2014

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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PYRN activity at TICOP  

More than 150 permafrost young researcher (PYRs) fruitfully visited this unique scientific and engineering permafrost event on true frozen g...

PYRN activity at TICOP  

More than 150 permafrost young researcher (PYRs) fruitfully visited this unique scientific and engineering permafrost event on true frozen g...


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