COLD Yamal

COmbining remote sensing and field studies for assessment of Landform Dynamics and permafrost state on Yamal (10/2013 - 01/2017)
The Yamal peninsula, northwestern Siberia, is a landscape in transition. Permafrost conditions are expected to change within this century due to climate warming. Human activities have increased in Western Siberia during recent decades due to gas and oil exploration.

Land surface dynamics including e.g. landslides and wetlands and their relation to the underlying permafrost are investigated within the COLD Yamal project which is an Austrian-Russian joint research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, I1401-N29) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR, 13-05-91001-AH8 a).  The Earth Cryosphere Institute has been involved in longterm permafrost monitoring in this region for more than 30 years and has established a comprehensive geospatial database. Modern remote sensing technologies specifically microwave remote sensing will be used to further develop monitoring schemes in this region.

Project leader Austria: Annett Bartsch
Project leader Russia: Marina Leibman



Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Wien
Earth Cryosphere Institute, Russian Academy of Science

http://www.zgis.atDepartment of Geoinformatics and Z-GIS, University of Salzburg

Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Vienna University of Technology
Further cooperation partners

Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK