Antarctic Permafrost And Soils (ANTPAS) Expert Group



1st International ANTPAS Workshop

4-5 October 2017, Insubria University, Varese, Italy

The workshop will mainly focus on the main SCAR Horizon Scan questions and the future hot scientific topics concerning the permafrost environment in Antarctica.  For the past 20 years, research has mainly focused on the thermal state of permafrost and the active layer, periglacial processes and landforms and cryosoils.  However, recently the community is becoming multidisciplinary, with research more focused on terrestrial ecosystem dynamics under a changing climate.  Simultaneously, the links between ecosystem and permafrost scientists became stronger and more collaborative.

The workshop aims at being the starting point for a tentative new SCAR multidisciplinary research programme focusing on a holistic approach to the changing Antarctic permafrost systems.  Several SCAR Horizon Scan questions can only be properly addressed within an encompassing
new research programme.

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Some travel grants are available.  Please complete the attached Pre-registration form before 1 May 2017, indicating if you would like to present an oral (writing O) or a poster (P) or only attend the Workshop (A) and also if you would like to have a travel grant or not.  Send the completed form to Mauro Guglielmin before the deadline

For more information, please contact Mauro Guglielmin.



ANTPAS is undertaking a revision of its mission, aiming at targetting current needs from members and promoting new research topics.

The new strategic plan will be defined following the ANTPAS workshop which willtake place at the SCAR OSC in Kuala Lumpur on the 27th August 2016. 

This meeting has been preceded by a preparatory workshop at the International Conference on Permafrost in Potsdam on the 18th June 2016.

A survey aiming at characterizing the research groups involved in ANTPAS, their needs, as well as a SWOT analysis on ANTPAS is underway. Twelve research groups have already replied to the survey and the results will drive the design of the mission.