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The 5th European conference on Permafrost (EUCOP)

22 June – 1 July 2018, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

© Anja Wotte

One intense week at the fifth European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP) in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc is over. Due to the currently ongoing global warming the permafrost is thawing, which is leading to several hot topic research questions that were discussed at this conference. For me, the conference started with the workshop of the Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN). About 165 young permafrost scientists took part in this workshop on the weekend prior to the actual conference. Plenary lectures and breakout sessions led by outstanding senior and junior scientists covered major topics, such as career planning, research perspectives, and soft skills development. On a second day, we got an introduction to mountain permafrost and engineering issues, which was followed by a local excursion led by local researchers to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif. For me, as a geologist, this felt like going back to my roots. On Sunday evening, the senior scientists arrived and an interesting week with 26 sessions (five in parallel) and more than 450 participants began. The topics of the sessions were quite diverse from permafrost engineering, mountain permafrost, remote sensing, organic matter in permafrost, subsea permafrost to planetary permafrost,… After my successful talk on Monday in the session “Deep permafrost – from local to global influences”, I also presented a poster as a co-author. The poster presentation gave me the opportunity to build up on my talk to promote the sampling device that I developed during the course of my PhD thesis. This conference helped me to stay in contact with researchers I already met on my expeditions to the Arctic. Furthermore, I could extent my research network with young and senior scientists. Overall, I had interesting discussions about science and research perspectives. I hope that I can stay in the fascinating research field of permafrost.

Anja Wotte
PhD student

Institute of Geology and Mineralogy

PhD project: Purification of CO2 for AMS 14C analysis: Method development and application to permafrost deposits

Vulnerability of Yedoma carbon to permafrost thaw – Insights from 14CO2 analysis (oral)/ 14CO2 analysis of soil emissions in the High Arctic reveal the degradation of old organic matter sources in permafrost soils (poster; 2nd author)