Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Please consider submitting an abstract for a full conference proceedings paper for the 2021 Regional Conference on Permafrost to our session "Feedbacks and Interactions Between Snow, Vegetation, and Permafrost in the Arctic". Please submit your papers before 6/10/2020.


Feedbacks and Interactions Between Snow, Vegetation, and Permafrost in the Arctic

Session Chair: Katrina Bennett, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Snow, vegetation, and permafrost are intricately linked in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world. Snow protects the ground during the winter and provides insulation for the permafrost, which guards against cold temperatures from penetrating deep into the soils. Vegetation changes, including an increase in shrubs, has been noted to be changing in the Arctic and subarctic, which is linked to increases in snow as the shrubs tend to influence drifting and redistribution of moisture. However, the dynamic and changing nature of both snow and vegetation means that these interactions could shift with climate impacts. We invite papers on snow, vegetation, and permafrost interactions, with particular emphasis on the impacts on the hydrologic cycle and climate change effects.

Keywords: snow, permafrost, vegetation, feedbacks, Arctic, climate

Cosponsor 1: Robert Bolton, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Cosponsor 2: Julian Dann, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Katrina Bennett
Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Proceedings Paper Abstracts Open

The submission and process for abstracts and papers will be led by ASCE.
Proceedings Abstracts

  • are now being accepted for the Proceedings Paper option, and are due by June 10th, 2020
  • must be 250-300 words in length
  • will be reviewed and requests for full Proceedings Papers will be sent out in mid-June, 2020

Proceedings Papers

  • will be 3-5 pages in length with room for Figures and References
  • must be submitted by September 15, 2020.
  • will receive a peer review lead by ASCE
  • will be published by ASCE Publications part of a Conference Proceedings Volume that will come out in late spring, 2021.

Note that regular short abstracts (no proceedings paper) will be due this fall.

The USPA cares about your health and is planning for the possibility of a virtual meeting and/or appropriate social measures.

Many of our NGEE early career participants and collaborators are leading sessions; please help make these a success by submitting your abstracts!



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