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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is one of the three main project coordinating bodies within the PAGE21 project. It prepares decisions concerning every aspect of the project: technical, financial, scheduling, partnerships, dissemination, and exploitation.
The main tasks of the Executive Committee involve:
  • Supervision of the overall progress of the project. It ensures the operation of the project and guarantees that all efforts are focused towards the objectives.
  • Trouble-shooting in the event of conflicts on technical, financial and strategic issues.
  • Authorizing requests for changes and modifications to Work Packages that do not impact on the overall nature of the project.
  • Dissemination, exploitation, and standardisation in accordance with the propositions of the corresponding ACs, WPLs and Committees, and validation of the General Assembly.
The Executive Committee is supported by the Project Office and normally meets 4 to 5 times a year.

Dr. J. (Ko) van Huissteden

KoDr. J. (Ko) van Huissteden is an Associate Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  His research interests include biogeochemical cycles, carbon balance of wetlands, quaternary geology and climate change.

Dr. Margareta Johannsson

M Johansson web 150Dr. Margareta Johansson is a researcher at the Lund University Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science in Sweden.
She has a broad experience in Arctic research, ranging from glaciology/climatology to Arctic ecology and for the last eight years focussing on permafrost in a changing climate in northern Sweden. Her research experience includes helping to coordinate major environmental assessments such as a chapter in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) on terrestrial ecosystems, and international networks such as "A circumarctic network of Terrestrial Field Bases (SCANNET). She is currently the Executive Secretary for a FP7 EU project INTERACT networking more than 60 research stations in the north.
She was a co-coordinator of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) during 2006-2008 when it was initiated and one of two convening lead authors for two chapters (snow and permafrost) of the 2011 AMAP SWIPA assessment (Snow Water Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic) that is a follow up on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment focussing on the cryosphere. 

Dr. Gerhard Krinner

GerhardKrinner web 150Dr. Gerhard Krinner is Deputy Director of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l´Environnement (LGGE) at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble.
He is the lead author of the IPCC WG1 Chapter 12 (Long-term Climate Change: Projections, Commitments and Irreversibility), a member of the Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique, Section 19 a well as a member of the CliC/WCRP Scientific Steering Group.
Dr. Krinner has extensive experience on earth system modeling, in particular: Ice sheet climate: Surface mass balance, near-surface climate, role of ice sheets in regional and global climate, natural variability; High-latitude surface/atmosphere interactions: open-water surfaces, permafrost, vegetation and Interpretation of ice core archives: water isotopes, air content, atmospheric transport.

Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky

Vladimir-Romanovsky webDr. Vladimir Romanovsky is a Professor in Geophysics at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also heads the Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory.

His work involves internationally coordinated research on permafrost temperature changes in Alaska, Russia, Canada, Greenland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. He is also involved in numerical modeling of past, present and future permafrost dynamics and the remote sensing of permafrost and periglacial processes.

Vladimir's research interests include the scientific and practical aspects of environmental and engineering problems involving ice and permafrost. These include problems in the areas of soil physics, thermodynamics, heat and mass flow, and growth and decay processes that are associated with permafrost, subsea permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, and seasonal snow cover.

Vladimir is the author of 130+ refereed journal publications, many reports, and book chapters. He was a co-author of ACIA 2005 for Chapter 6 "Cryosphere and Hydrology" and the lead author of the Chapter 7 "Frozen Ground" in UNEP 2007 Global Outlook for Ice and Snow and the Chapter on Permafrost in SWIPA.

Dr. Romanovsky received his MSc. in Geophysics, MSc. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Geology from the Moscow State University in Russia. He also received Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He had several research and teaching positions at the Moscow State University. He moved to Alaska in 1992 and is currently a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.