What changes can we expect as permafrost continues to thaw?

Release Date: 
Monday, January 31, 2011

CONTACT: Stevie Seibert, GI Public Relations, 907-474-5229, stevie.seibert@gi.alaska.edu

Fairbanks, Alaska—For many years now, scientists have been tracking the thaw of permafrost throughout the Arctic. Since permafrost with the highest ice content is usually found closer to the ground surface where our structures are, Alaskans and other Arctic communities face major changes in the future if the degradation continues. Ecosystems, buildings, roads, and pipelines will likely lose their stability as the ground beneath them shifts.

On Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., Vladimir Romanovsky will discuss current data on permafrost and the changes that will likely result from thawing. Romanovsky, professor of geophysics at the Geophysical Institute at UAF, will present “Thawing Permafrost: What Does it Mean for the Arctic?” in the Westmark Gold Room. The lecture will be the third installment in the 2011 Science for Alaska Lecture Series.

Science for Alaska is sponsored by the Geophysical Institute, UAF, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. The series runs on Tuesdays through Feb. 22, 2011 and is free to the public.

Hands-on activities for all ages begin at 6 p.m. inside the Gold Room. Families are welcome.

Vladimir Romanovsky, professor of geophysics, Geophysical Institute, 907-474-7459, or veromanovsky@alaska.edu Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or marmian.grimes@alaska.edu

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