The 8th meeting of the AK Permafrost working group took place in Hamburg on 22-24 January 2016. The workshop jointed 66 scientists including 35 young researches (MSc. and doctorates) involved into working groups of interdisciplinary “high altitude and high latitude permafrost” research from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This year, the workshop focused on: (1) soil organic carbon dynamics in Polar and mountainous regions, (2) remote sensing of permafrost, its temperature regime, and estimation of carbon storage, (3) geomorphology of arctic landscapes, (4) modelling in permafrost regions from regional to global scale, (5) climate change and its effects on permafrost dynamics, and other permafrost relevant topics.
Three key-note speakers Christina Schädel (Coordinator of the Permafrost Carbon Network, Northern Arizona University), Christian Beer (Leader of the group Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling, Stockholm University), and Christian Hauck (University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland) shared their experiences with young researches and presented their current scientific projects.
The meeting was a great base for discussion of new data, establishing new partner cooperation, and publishing joint articles. All participants acquired valuable experience and got many positive feedbacks from discussing different issues and communications to each other.