Permafrost at Altitude and Latitude

The first Southern Hemisphere Conference on Permafrost (SouthCOP), a regional conference of the IPA, will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand from 4-14 December 2019. ​​

This conference will operate in a new format, with three-day field excursions offered before and after the conference session days. This will allow participants to make a roundtrip from Christchurch to Queenstown, with visits to glaciers and glacial lakes, the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, cultural points of interest, and scenic spots to discuss glacial and periglacial landscape development. 

Participants can opt for the whole roundtrip package, or choose the conference session portion and/or field excursions separately. 

We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand in 2019.
    Registrations are now open, click the button below to register.
    Call for Special Sessions are now closed
    Abstract submissions now open, click here for guidelines and portal. Abstract deadline is 7 April 2019
    For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact [email protected]
    Click the button below for all field trip information.
    For Conference enquiries, please contact [email protected]
Conference Sessions & Themes

The Conference will consist of the following themes and special sessions. Upon submission, please select the theme or session that best suits your presentation:

  • Ground-ice in Antarctica and its role in the environment
  • ANTPAS - Antarctic Permafrost and Soils
  • Advances in soil and permafrost studies in the high Andes
  • Mountain permafrost geomorphology, distribution, and ecohydrology
  • Long-term monitoring of the active layer and permafrost system: results from northern and southern hemispheres
  • GTN-P Global terrestrial network for permafrost: monitoring temperature evolution, active layer dynamics, and thaw subsidence
  • Cryosols – current research findings and future opportunities
  • Engineering properties of permafrost
  • Permafrost and climate change at high latitudes
  • Analogy between terrestrial permafrost landforms and Martian landscapes
  • Sub-Antarctic Islands – sentinels of change
  • Rock Glacier identification, dynamics, and hydrological importance
  • Delivering a permafrost message: education and outreach
  • Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountain Regions (GAPHAZ)
  • Cryogenic soils of Arctic and Antarctica: permafrost-affected genesis, spatial distribution and environmental functions
  • Permafrost Engineering: lessons from past and current projects
  • Methods to measure, monitor, and sample cryosols and permafrost
  • Satellite and remote-sensed data: growing uses in permafrost studies
  • Past environments in permafrost regions
  • Training through research for international educational and scientific programs of permafrost study
  • Interactions between permafrost and terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal environments
  • Living with permafrost: Social and cultural issues
  • Open Session: Permafrost and periglacial environments
  • Training through research for international educational and scientific programs of permafrost study
  • Cryosols and permafrost at high altitudes in Asia - the Himalaya, Tibet and other regions
Programme At A Glance
Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 December - Pre-conference Field Trip (Travel from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook National Park).
Saturday 7 December – PYRN activities and meetings and Welcome Function at the Copthorne Hotel
Sunday 8 December – Conference Day and PYRN student function 
Monday 9 December – Conference Day and Conference Dinner at the Skyline Gondola
Tuesday 10 December – Mid-Conference Field Trips
Wednesday 11 December – Conference Day  
Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 Dec – Post-conference Field Trip (Travel Queenstown to Christchurch via South-Westland World Heritage area and West Coast glaciers)

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