The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) was host to the inaugural workshop of the Sheffield University-led EU-LowPerm project (@LowPerm), which took place during the last week of August. Delegates from the United Kingdom (Prof. Andy Hodson, Dr Steve Thornton, Dr Gunnar Mallon, Dr Aga Nowak, Ms Eleanor Jones), Norway (Prof. Hanne Christiansen), Denmark (Dr Jacob Yde), Israel (Prof. Yishai Weinstein), and Bulgaria (Mr Ivaylo Kolchev) gathered to discuss the science behind permafrost biogeochemistry and the potential challenges faced by the scientific community. Key themes, such as catchment hydrology, permafrost dynamics, and radioactive isotope geochemistry were on the agenda.
The LowPerm project aims to understand the core science underlying potential climate forcing feedbacks resulting from changes in Arctic temperature regimes. The group visited local sites in Adventdalen as well as sites further afield in Revneset and Bohemanflya. The next workshop will be held at project partners AARI in St. Petersburg where a host of international guest speakers will be in attendance.