Session Announcements and Call for Abstracts

Tue, Dec 02, 2008
Permafrost Sessions at the European Geosciences Union Annual Meeting
EGU 2009
Vienna, Austria
19-24 April 2009
Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Financial support application: Sunday, 7 December 2008

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The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2009 will bring together geoscientists from Europe and the world to cover all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences in one meeting.
The permafrost community invites submission of abstracts to several permafrost-related sessions. Session descriptions are provided below.
The deadline for abstract submission to all sessions is Tuesday, 13
January 2009. Applications for financial support must be received by Sunday, 7 December 2008. Further information about these sessions can befound at:

Permafrost Session Descriptions:

Open Session on Permafrost
Conveners: S. Gruber and J. Noetzli
The Open Session on Permafrost is a platform for the presentation and discussion of current research focusing on: (a) permafrost and associated natural systems; (b) the interaction of permafrost and
climate; (c) the impact of permafrost changes on both natural and human systems; and (d) the measurement, understanding, modeling, and parameterization of corresponding processes. Contributions are welcome on high-latitude, mountain, and planetary permafrost. For further information on this session, please go to:

Arctic Coastal Processes
Conveners: M. Leibman, N. Couture, H. Lantuit, and P. Overduin
Recent reports have shown increasing rates of coastline erosion in the Arctic. Paleoclimate evidence suggests that past episodes of varying ground temperatures, more or less sea ice, and changes in sea surface height were important in the past. Understanding the interactions between thermal, geotechnical, hydrodynamic, and sea ice processes is critical for successful modeling and projection of coastal change in this environment. Contributions to this session will include papers on the interactions between environmental forcing factors and the land and ocean in the arctic coastal zone. Approaches may include process monitoring, long-term data records, and modeling techniques. For further
information about this session, please go to:

Cold Regions Geomorphology: Present Landforms and Past Climate
Conveners: S. Lukas, R. Frauenfelder, and I. Roer
Present-day glacial and periglacial processes in arctic and alpine environments provide modern analogues that are crucial to correctly reconstruct processes and climatic changes that took place in
mid-latitude regions during the Pleistocene. Current changes in mid-latitude mountain ranges, on the other hand, might be auguries of change occurring in arctic regions within a context of future climate
change. For further information about this session, please go to:

Periglacial Processes, Landforms and Environments
Conveners: J. Murton, and H. H. Christiansen
Periglacial geomorphic processes are fundamentally important in contemporary polar and alpine regions, and the Pleistocene mid-latitudes. This session seeks to integrate recent advances in field
monitoring, laboratory experiments, theoretical developments and Quaternary studies of periglacial processes, landforms and environments. Contributions are welcome from geomorphologists, Quaternary geologists and climate scientists or others with interests in periglacial
phenomena. The session is co-sponsored by the Working Group on Periglacial Landforms, Processes and Climate of the International Permafrost Association. For further information about this session,
please go to:

Applied Geophysics in Cryosphere Sciences
Conveners: C. Kneisel, O. Eisen, C. Hauck, and B. Kulessa
Discussion in this session will focus on advances and applications of the various geophysical techniques for studies in cryospheric environments. Contributions may concern field applications as well as new approaches in geophysical survey techniques or theoretical advances, e.g., in the field of data processing and inversion. Case studies from all fields of cryospheric sciences such as glacial and periglacial environments (including both arctic/subarctic and mountain permafrost), snow, alpine glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice are welcome; the main focus of the session will be to compare experiences in the application of different geophysical techniques in these highly complex environments
and the corresponding data processing and interpretation techniques. For further information about this session, please go to:

Climate Change Impacts on Glaciers, Permafrost and Related Hazards
Conveners: C. Huggel, A. Kaab, B. Raup, and C. Schneider
Although there is general agreement on the evidence of global warming, there is still much debate on the magnitude and the regional pattern of the response of glaciers and permafrost to climate change. As more and more data are compiled on glaciers and permafrost sites around the world the scientific community now has a better opportunity to study links between climate and glaciers and permafrost. This session aims at bringing together a broad range of contributions dealing with glaciers and permafrost as indicators of current climate change from different climate regimes around the world. For further information about this session, please go to:

An overall summary of these sessions can be found at:

The abstract submission deadline for this and all other sessions is
Tuesday, 13 January 2009. Applications for financial support must be
received by Sunday, 7 December 2008.