p r o d u c t s
The overall aim of the PermaNET project is to develop a common strategy for dealing with permafrost and related natural hazards under changing climatic conditions. The project aims to enforce good governance practices on the base of a common knowledge, of a jointly developed data base and of a commonly accepted strategy.
The main outputs of PermaNET are:
PermaNET collects the metadata of the most important permafrost monitoring sites and compiles it into a standardized permafrost monitoring network. On key monitoring sites, new monitoring stations have been installed and instrumented.
One of the main objectives of PermaNET is to provide a permafrost distribution map of the Alps. The map consists of two combined datasets. One dataset is the inventory of permafrost evidence and one dataset is a modelled map of the permafrost distribution.
PermaNET evaluates several methods for detection and monitoring of permafrost-related slope movements and make recommendations for risk management in areas affected by the current permafrost degradation.
High altitude and high-latitude regions are generally recognized as being particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change. A large proportion of permafrost in the European Alps, for instance, is at or close to melting point and is therefore very sensitive to atmospheric warming.
There is still little knowledge on the impact of climate change on alpine permafrost and how the enhanced melting of permafrost ice alters discharge patterns and water quality of alpine headwaters.
Products available for download
PermaNET WP3 Educational toolkit
PermaNET WP3 Educational toolkit [GERMAN]
PermaNET WP5.3: Permafrost response to climate change
PermaNET WP6.1: Method sheets
PermaNET WP6.2: State of the art reports
PermaNET WP7: Reports and Handbook