ANTPAS - Antarctic Permafrost And Soils
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Permafrost, Soils and Periglacial Environments Group
Antarctic permafrost forms an integral part of the terrestrial cryosphere, yet information on its distribution, thickness, age, and physical and geochemical properties is highly fragmented and absent for large sectors of the region. At the same time, active layer and permafrost conditions are increasingly recognised to be highly sensitive to climate change. Such changes can create important responses in regional hydrology, ecosystems functioning, landscape stability and human environmental impacts. At the same time Antarctic permafrost and soils archive high resolution long-term (Ma) records of past environmental change and biological activity.
The combined IPA working group on Antarctic Permafrost and
SCAR expert group on Antarctic Soils, Permafrost and Periglacial
Environments, in close working relationship with the IUSS cryosols
group, have launched the ANTPAS project to address some of
the current shortcomings and research needs. The overall aim
is to develop an internationally coordinated, web-accessible,
database and monitoring system on Antarctic permafrost and
Launched as an IPY activity the database and monitoring project will continue as an ongoing activity of the supporting associations.