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A Service for Global Permafrost Monitoring

Develop, validate and implement information products to support the research communities and related international organisations like IPA and CliC in their work on understanding permafrost better by integration of Earth Observation data

A Service for Global Permafrost Monitoring
DUE (Data User Element)
1500 K
Service Demonstration
In progress

The goal of the GlobPermafrost project is to demonstrate EO integrated applications in the field of permafrost monitoring world-wide with active participation of user organisations, mainly from academics. The project acts 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 GlobPermafrost project objectives are to:

  • Define EO applications for permafrost monitoring based on user requirements
  • Integrate the latest EO technology with state of the art ground based measurements and models
  • Demonstrate and validate the products with the user organisations
  • Develop mid to long term scenarios for boreal and mountainous permafrost monitoring
  • Contribute to new scientific results in the domain of climate change, climate modelling and hydrological modelling 

The demonstration scenario consists of:

  • Mapping circumpolar permafrost extend 
  • Permafrost dedicated land cover class prototype 
  • 10 local cold spots 
  • 5 regional transects for “hot spot” identification 
  • Mountain permafrost areas
Zentralanstalf fur Meteorologie und Geodynamik
University of Oslo
H2O Geomatics
US Geological Survey : Alaska Science Center, Anchorage
Terrestrial Hydrology Group : Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Meteorology
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN : Hazard Prevention Division, Bern
Permafrost Laboratory, Geophysical Institute : University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks
Permafrost Carbon Network : SEARCH Project, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Norut Northern Research Institute : Tromso
NASA ABoVE : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts
Ministry of Education and Science : Republic of Kazakhstan, Permafrost Department, Institute of Geography-Geoecology, Ulaanbaatar
Institute of Earth's Cryosphere : Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch
Institute of Arctic Biology : University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks
Global Carbon Project of the IGBP : The Earth System Science Program, Faculty of Science
Geophysical Institute : University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks
Geographic Information Science : Department of Geography, University of Jena
EU JPI COUP research consortium : Stockholm University
Department of Physics and Mathematics : Alcala University, Alcala de Henares
Department of Geosciences : Universite de Fribourg, Fribourg
Department of Geographical and Historical Studies : University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
Climate-Biogeosphere Interactions Group : Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Meteorology
Centro de Estudos Geograficos : Instituto de Geografica e Ordenamento do Territorio (IGOT), Lisbon
The Chinese University of Hong Kong :
Annett Bartsch
Head of Climate Change Impacts
Zentralanstalt fur Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)
Hohe Warte 38
1190 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 360 26 22 90
Fax: +43 1 369 1233
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