EUCOP 2018 session “Mass-wasting processes in periglacial environments”
We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts to the Session #11 “Mass-wasting processes in periglacial environments” at the 5th European Conference on Permafrost
2018 in Chamonix- Mont Blanc, France (23rd June – 1st July 2018).
The deadline for abstract submission is
15th November 2017.
This session aims to highlight ongoing research and new findings concerning permafrost-related mass-wasting processes. Perennially frozen ground is widespread in different
glacial and periglacial environments, and can affect the evolution of hillslope systems in various environments, from high arctic to alpine climates. Our understanding of slow and fast mass-wasting processes in permafrost terrains is still limited and is becoming
increasingly relevant for several reasons. Slow mass-wasting processes, such as gelifluction, solifluction and frost creep, are extremely sensitive to changing climate and can reveal altering geosystem conditions in cold regions. Rapid mass-wasting processes,
including landslides (in particular rockfalls and active-layer-detachment slides) and debris flows, can be triggered by permafrost-degradation in glacial and periglacial environments and could pose at risk human activities and infrastructures.
Studies from arctic, sub-arctic, alpine, high-elevation and low-latitude mountain environments are highly welcome. We invite contributions focussing on all aspects of slope
processes and instabilities in permafrost terrains, including characterization, distribution, triggering factors, dynamics and evolution, magnitude and frequency, monitoring, modelling, and assessment of hazards. Contributions using innovative or well-established
methods and data analysis, including field and ground-truthing measurements, monitoring techniques, remotely sensed and GIS-based analyses, experimental and numerical modelling, and laboratory studies are all encouraged.
Philip Deline, EDYTEM, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS,
Le Bourget, France ([hidden email])
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