Effects of permafrost thaw on environment and well-being in Nordic and Russian Arctic will be assessed

The IBA-Permafrost project aims to assess the effects of permafrost thaw on environment, infrastructure, source of livehood, economy and health in the Nordic and Russian Artic region. The project will collect and discuss the most recent research results on the state and effects of thawing Arctic permafrost and use these for new modeling approaches. The work contributes to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessments Programme (AMAP) of the Arctic Council.

The project forms a new multidisciplinary and networking-oriented consortium in Finland, and it aims at arranging workshops and virtual meetings in Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Russia, and Svalbard, welcoming all interested to participate. In addition to the Finnish Meteorological Institute that coordinates the project with its main collaborator Finnish Environment Institute, the research partners in the consortium include Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observation System SIOS, and the University of Helsinki PAN-EURASIAN EXPERIMENT PEEX -programme. The participating network includes also the Ministry of Environment of Finland, and the Nordic Snow Network (NordSnowNet). The IBA-Permafrost project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and will last from mid-November 2020 till the end of 2022.

Further information:

Senior research scientist, Dr. Outi Meinander (project leader), outi.meinander@fmi.fi, tel. +358 50 569 8900.

Prof. Mikael Hildén (project collaborator, policy expert), Finnish Environment Institute, mikael.hilden@syke.fi, tel. + 358 295 251 173.

Dr. Ali Nadir Arslan (Nordic Snow Network), Finnish Meteorological Institute, ali.nadir.arslan@fmi.fi, tel. +358 50 320 3386

Prof. Heikki Lihavainen (SIOS), SIOS Knowledge Centre, Norway, director@sios-svalbard.org, tel. +47 47 648 242

Doc. Hanna Lappalainen (Pan-Eurasian Experiment program PEEX and Russia-co-operation), University of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 434 1710.

Text provided by Outi Meinander (project leader) from Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) based on FMI News blog.

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