News

2019

April

Soraya Kaiser receives a grant from the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation which supports female scientists with children. For the duration of a year, the foundation provides money for additional childcare and household assistance to help young scientists successfully manage their family and research responsibilities and ensure equal opportunities.

March

The second workshop of the PermaRisk project organized by Moritz Langer and hosted by the Geography Department of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Main objectives of the workshop were the impacts of rapid permafrost degradation to the infrastructure and the results, potentials, objectives and plans on modelling of permafrost processes. Furthermore there were sessions about future colaborations for scientific publications and proposals. For this purpose impulse talks, poster sessions, discussions, announcements and summary talks took place.

20 participants from the following institutes attended:

  • Department of Geography, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • Alfred-Wegener Institute, Potsdam (Germany)
  • Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • NORCE, Uni Research, Bergen (Norway)
  • Permafrost Laboratory, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (USA)
  • International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, (USA)
  • College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter (UK)
  • Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Department of Geography, University of Leipzig (Germany)
  • Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Department of Geography and Planning, Queens University, Kingston (Canada)
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam (Germany)
  • Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research, University of Grenoble-Alpes (France)

January

Defense of the master thesis of Tarek Kemper with the title "MODIS-based climate monitoring and snow cover modeling in the area of Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Alaska". Supervisor of the master thesis was Moritz Langer.

2018

November

Conduction of the 1st International Think-In CryoGrid Hackathon in the AWI-guesthouse in Sylt. Meeting for discussion and implementation of strategies and necessities of the development of the CryoGrid model environment.

PermaNor/PermaRisk Mini-Workshop at the Humboldt-University Berlin organized and conducted by Moritz Langer with the entire PermaRisk junior group, Sebastian Westermann (University of Oslo, Norway), Hannah Lee (University of Bergen, Norway) and Scott Lamoureux (Queens University, Canada). Objectives of the workshop were the presentation current state of research in the projects, the outlining of joint publications and planning of a bigger workshop in spring 2019.

July / August

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

June

Moritz Langer, Thomas Schneider von Deimling and Soraya Kaiser participate at the European Conference on Permafrost in Chamonix.

Participation in the "Telling and shooting science" workshop specially designed for the PermaRisk working group. Here, guided by the service provider "denkbargrün", possibilities were developed how research results can be conveyed to the public as specific as possible to certain target groups. Content included digital storytelling, shooting videos and photos, and interview basics.

Test flights in the field with colleagues from the Humboldt University Berlin to test the generation of aerial imagery with the help of a photo drone, ground control points and dGPS over the model airport at Trebbin.

May

Moritz Langer and Thomas Schneider von Deimling present the PermaRisk junior group to the BMBF in Bonn.

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.

January

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".

https://github.com/CryoGrid/CryoGrid3/tree/xice

2017

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)