July / August

Soraya, Thomas and Moritz participate in a field campaign in Canada and Alaska:


Since May Simone Stünzi from the University of Zurich enhances our Young Investigator Group as a PhD-candidate. Simone will study the climate-vegetation-soil interactions in permafrost-dominated areas over a large transect of Eastern Siberia in a multi-proxy and multidisciplinary approach. The findings will be used to further develope the CryoGrid3 landsurface model in terms of vegetation interactions and facilitate the coupling to the larch forest simulator LaVeSi.

Stakeholder Meeting
In May the research group – represented by Soraya Kaiser and Moritz Langer – visited cooperation partners at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). They met with researchers investigating the area close to the study site Prudhoe Bay to gain insight into the regional permafrost processes and data archives.
They also introduced the PermaRisk project to the local stakeholders of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the Bureau of Land Management that are responsible for the exploration permitting and infrastructural planning in the region.
The representatives showed great interest in being provided with the risk and ecosystem change analyses that will be performed within the project.


The first Git/GitHub managed version of the land surface model CryoGrid3 is freely available online. This version published by Sebastian Westermann 2016, has now been supplemented with an additional hydrological infiltration module that calculates water transport in the "active layer".


26.-28. November 2017

The first workshop since start of the PermaRisk project was organized and conducted by Moritz Langer and Sebastian Westermann and hosted by the Geography Department of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Objectives of the workshop were the introduction of involved projects and the conception of collaborations between participating working groups.
More than 25 people attended the workshop. Alongside the projects PermaRisk (Moritz Langer), PermaNor (Sebastian Westermann) and Feedback (Hanna Lee) the following institutions were involved:

  • Geography Department, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • Alfred-Wegener Institut, Potsdam (Germany)
  • Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • Department of Geography and Planning, Queens University, Kingston (Canada)