December 11, 2017
Fifth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists Announced
The MPI Young Researchers Council announces that the Fifth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (FYPS 2018) will be held from June 4 to 23, 2018 in Yakutsk, Russia. This event is open to young researchers under the age of 35 years, including undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Interested school children are also welcome to participate. Previous forums were hosted by MPI in 2015, 2013, 2010, and 2008.
The 2018 forum will include a geocryological conference held in Yakutsk from June 4 to 8, 2018 and field activities from June 9 to 23 in Yakutsk and in the vicinity of the village of Amga. This agricultural area in central Yakutia is presently experiencing accelerated development of thermokarst and other erosion processes. Participants will examine permafrost-related processes and associated problems for agriculture and rural infrastructure.
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November 30, 2017
MPI Dissertation Council meeting
The Dissertation Council D003.025.01, now consisting of 26 members, was established at MPI in 1984 and authorized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science's Higher Attestation Committee to award degrees in geography, geology & mineralogy, and engineering (qualification standard 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering). The Council held its meeting on November 28-29, 2017 for a public defense of two dissertations. Igor Syromyatnikov and Nikolay Torgovkin from MPI successfully defended their Kandidat Nauk (PhD) dissertations titled respectively "Structure and Temperature of Permafrost Foundations in Urban Landscapes" and "Geochemical Features of Human Modified Soils in Permafrost Regions", both focusing on the city of Yakutsk.
September 4, 2017
MPI and SKLFSE Joint Activities in Summer 2017
Following the establishment of the International Research Center for Asian Cold Regions Environment and Engineering, which was officially opened in April 2017, the co-founders - the State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering (SKLFSE), Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (MPI) - conducted a range of joint activities during the summer of 2017. Six young scientists from MPI stayed for a month at SKLFSE in Lanzhou for training and discussions. Together with their potential research partners, they visited field sites on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and took part in experimental work. Dr. Alexey Galanin and Dr. Ivan Khristoforov were invited to SKLFSE as visiting scholars under the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) program. A team from SKLFSE, including Profs. Wu Qingbai, Ma Wei, Jin Huijun and Zhang Ze, and from MPI, including Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak, Andrey Litovko and Leonid Gagarin, conducted a field trip from Yakutsk to Tynda along the Lena Federal Road and the Nizhny Bestyakh–Tynda Railroad to examine the problem sections over ice-rich permafrost in Central Yakutia. The active interaction and idea sharing resulted in four joint project proposals submitted to the RFBR-NNSF Call 2018. If approved, the first joint studies will focus on the effects of zonal and azonal factors on thermokarst, Middle and Late Pleistocene paleoenvironments inferred from syngenetic ice-rich permafrost studies in Asia, permafrost issues of the Lena River bridge site near Yakutsk, and the influence of precipitation infiltration and water vapor condensation on the ground thermal regime.
September 11, 2017
XI International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering held in Magadan
The XI International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering was held in Magadan, Russia on September 5-8, 2017. Organized by the Melnikov Permafrost Institute and its Magadan station in coordination with the State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering, CAS (Lanzhou) and the Heilongjiang Province Academy of Cold Area Building Research (Harbin), the symposium provided a forum for over 100 researchers to discuss advancements, ideas and theories in the field of frozen ground engineering research and practice. The participants included researchers from 20 Russian, 1 Byelorussian and 13 Chinese organizations, as well as representatives from business and engineering community. The Symposium involved one plenary and three concurrent sessions with a total of 71 oral and 34 poster presentations. A round-table discussion chaired by Igor Ozimok, Vice Governor of Magadan Province, drew attention to the current permafrost-related problems in the region. A PYRN meeting was organized during the Symposium attended by approximately 40 young researchers. A book of abstracts was published before the meeting. Selected full papers were published in several journals, including Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, Earth's Cryosphere, Russian Geology and Geophysics, and Ice and Snow.
Symposium photographs can be viewed at: https://yadi.sk/d/gm9kYvVR3N38Ff\.
August 14, 2017
Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop Successfully Held in Yakutsk
The 21st Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop were successfully held in Yakutsk, Russia from 6th to 12th of August 2017 under the theme of “Cold-Region Hydrology in Non-Stationary World”. The meeting organized jointly by the Institute of Water Problems (Moscow) and the Melnikov Permafrost Institute (Yakutsk) addressed the issues of hydrological research in cold regions, both in fundamental scientific and applied aspects, including the studies of snow, glaciers, permafrost, frozen ground, groundwater, seasonally frozen rivers and lakes. The topics discussed by delegates from Russia, Canada, Sweden, France, Finland and Germany covered observational evidences of change in coupled permafrost-hydrology system; present state and future projections of local, regional and pan-Arctic hydrology; modeling studies representing landscape evolution, dynamics of water storages and permafrost degradation, and impacts of permafrost hydrology changes on local communities. The symposium program included tours to the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk and a field excursion to the MPI's underground water research site on the Lena River terrace and completed with a cruise to the Lena Pillar Natural Park. The Proceedings of the 21st NRB Symposium and Workshop and the photographs can be downloaded from the Symposium website http://nrb2017.ru/.