Overall Goal

The primary goal is to establish, sustain and strengthen a network of university institutions that give permafrost research based education. This network will promote research, education collaboration and joint projects in the area of permafrost, its impact on environment and adaptation to climate change.

Main Activities

1. Research cooperation

  • Joint research workshops/publications
  • Internship of master students, support for Master theses
  • Internship of PhD students and researchers at other partner UArctic universities

2. Knowledge sharing in education

  • Sharing existing courses
  • Collaboration/ sharing data archives

3. International workgroups

  • Collaboration with PYRN, APECS

4. Curriculum development

  • Development of new joint courses

5. Joint education programs

  • International Master/PhD programs on Permafrost
  • Exchange program: undergraduate and graduate school program
  • Summer school organization

Current and Planned Activities

  • Joint research workshops/publications
  • Internship of master students, support for Master theses
  • Internship of PhD students and researchers at other partner UArctic universities
  • Sharing existing courses
  • Collaboration/ sharing data archives
  • Collaboration with PYRN, APECS
  • Exchange program: undergraduate and graduate school program
  • Summer school organization

Non-UArctic member partners:

  • International Permafrost Association (organizer)
  • Moscow State University, Russia
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Ottawa, Canada

Educational Activities

Our network involved installing permafrost temperature monitoring systems over 450 public schools across Alaska (USA), Canada, Russia, Norway, Greenland, Mongolia, China and Japan. Installation consisted of a small borehole (approximately 2 inches in diameter) drilled near the school. The borehole was lined with plastic pipe, and thermistor temperature sensors were installed. Both K-K12 teachers and students participated in the drilling and instrument installation process and project personnel visited classrooms to discuss permafrost science and engineering at each site. The data loggers are designed to operate automatically and are able to store data for long periods. The teachers and students made periodic measurements of snow thickness above the measurement site and helped with downloading the data. Project personnel used the data in subsequent classroom activities. Also the resulting permafrost temperature data will make important contributions to studies related to long-term permafrost conditions in various areas; this data could help provide relevant information regarding potential climate warming.

Also for college level, the Thematic Network on Permafrost offered an international permafrost summer field school in Svalbard (UNIS) in 2014, 2015, Yakutsk (NEFU) in 2016 and Fairbanks (UAF) in 2017 and we are planning another in Western Greenland (hosted by Stockholm University) in 2018. We welcome students who are interested in obtaining an overall knowledge about permafrost. The course will offer insights into:

  • Permafrost history and its distribution globally.
  • Permafrost temperatures in various parts of the World – climatic and other controls.
  • Methods of permafrost observations, focusing on drilling, coring and instrumentation.
  • Permafrost databases and their use in permafrost analyses.
  • How does permafrost affect local community infrastructure and cultural life?
  • Interaction between carbon and water in permafrost landscapes.
  • How sensitive are permafrost landforms towards climate change?

More general information on the course and available credits will follow in early 2018. 


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Permafrost Outreach 2017 (English)
Permafrost Outreach (Russian)
Frost Tube Outreach Program (Japanese)

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Permafrost in Our Time (in English) Mainly focused on Arctic communities in North America
Мерзлота в наше время (Permafrost in Our Time in Russian) Mainly focused on Arctic communities in Siberia

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