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Information System on Permafrost

The PERMAFROST project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) Data User Element (DUE) program, which is a component of the Earth Observation Envelope Program (EOEP).
Permafrost is one of 50 Essential Climate Variables (ECV) defined by the Global Climate Observating System (GCOS). The objective of this project is to establish systematic monitoring of permafrost based on satellite data.

Project References
 Name Permafrost
 Title Information System on Permafrost
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Cryosphere
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (01/06/2009 - In progress)
Project Description
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The main purpose of the ESA DUE Permafrost project is to define, demonstrate and validate, permafrost monitoring information service from local to large scale, mainly towards climate change studies and addressing the pan-boreal/arctic zone. The service is supposed to support the GCOS implementation plan with systematic satellite-based Earth Observations of global permafrost extent, change and related products. It should further support permafrost monitoring activities of national and intergovernmental bodies and scientific groups involved in climate change research.

The goal of the Permafrost project is to demonstrate EO integrated services in the field of permafrost monitoring of the boreal zone with active participation of user organisations, mainly from the scientific world. The project shall act as a platform to users and service providers in order to harmonise information needs and develop a set of key tools to address them. The Permafrost project objectives are to:

  • Define EO based services for permafrost monitoring based on user requirements
  • Integrate the latest EO technology with state of the art ground based measurements
  • Demonstrate and validate the services with the user organisations
  • Develop mid to long term scenarios for boreal permafrost monitoring
  • Contribute to new scientific results in the domain of climate change detection, climate modelling and hydrological modelling
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor TU Wien : Vienna University of Technology
 Subcontractors AWI : Alfred Wegener Institute
University of Jena : Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, Jena University
University of Waterloo : University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management
User Partnership
 Users AWI : Alfred Wegener Institute
Geological Survey of Canada : Geological Survey of Canada
GIPL : Geophysical Institute, Permafrost Laboratory, University of Alaska Fairbanks
HU-GSES : Hokkaido University - Graduate School of Environmental Science, Overseas Research and Student Exchange Promotion Office
IARC : International Arctic Research Center, Univeristy of Alaska Fairbanks
IPA : International Permafrost Association
Lomonosov Moscow State Univesity : Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Melnikov Permafrost Institute : Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch Academy of Sciences
MPI - MDI - BGC : Biogeochemical Model Data Integration Group, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
SHI : State Hydrological Institute St. Petersburg
Contact Points
 Project Manager Annett Bartsch
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Gusshaustrasse 27 - 29
1040 Vienna
Tel: +43-(0)1-58801-12221
Fax: +43-(0)1-58801-12299
 Technical Officer Frank Martin Seifert
European Space Agency ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (RM)

Tel.: +39 06-941.80560
Fax: +39 06-941.80552

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