Title The International Polar Year 2007-08 and the development of Portuguese research on Antarctic permafrost
Author Vieira, G.
Author Affil Vieira, G., Universidade de Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Lisbon, Portugal
Source Finisterra, Vol.87, p.83-94, . Publisher: Centro de Estudos Geograficos da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. ISSN: 0430-5027
Publication Date 2009
Notes In English with Portuguese and French summaries. 17 refs. Ant. Acc. No: 87676. CRREL Acc. No: 64003069
Index Terms active layer; climatic change; geomorphology; permafrost; Antarctica-- Livingston Island; Antarctica; climate change; climate effects; current research; International Polar Year 2007-08; IPY 2007-08 Education, Outreach and Communication Publications; landform evolution; Livingston Island; PERMAMODEL; programs; Scotia Sea Islands; South Shetland Islands
Abstract Portuguese Antarctic permafrost research has developed fast in the last decade. The research was initiated by the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon in the framework of a collaboration with the University of Alcala (Spain) and the Spanish Antarctic Programme in 1999. In 2007 and 2008, collaborations have extended, respectively to the Bulgarian and Argentinean programmes. The critical mass has grown substantially since then and other institutions are now also involved on the research activities. The development of scientific activities was fostered by the International Polar Year 2007-08 and supported by funding from public and private institutions. A wide-scope education and outreach project has significantly contributed to the public and political awareness of the science programme, and a close interaction between scientists and society has developed. The main research topics are permafrost, active layer and geomorphological processes monitoring, with an emphasis on detection of climate change signals.
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Publication Type journal article
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