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Job opportunity available!

(Logo: University of Exeter) University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow to support the work of Prof. Pierre Friedlingstein within the EU/FP7 funded PAGE21.
The position is available immediately for 12 months. The post will include development of permafrost dynamics in JULES, the land surface model of the Hadley Centre ESM. The task will involve process level development, evaluation and future climate projections in order to assess the vulnerability of permafrost.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognized authority in climate or land surface modelling and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies.
The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Click here for the full job description and additional documents.

For further information please contact Professor Pierre Friedlingstein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EUCOP 4 now ended

eucop4 group photo full res smallThe fourth European Conference on Permafrost has now ended. PAGE21 was represented by 26 oral and poster presentations and an active participation in organizing the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop that took place prior to the conference in Evora.
All abstracts from the conference are collected to an electronic Book of Abstracts, which contains 425 diabetes hgh abstracts, including those from the 3 plenary lectures, 1 from The Wiley - Blackwell Permafrost and Periglacial Processes Public Lecture and 23 session keynote lectures.
The next big permafrost event will be the 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP) that will be held 20-24 June 2016 in Potsdam, Germany.

Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop at the EUCOP 4 in Evora Portugal

YR workshop all smallPermafrost Young Researchers Workshop (PYRW) was organized on Wednesday June 19, just prior to the 4th European Conference of Permafrost, which currently going on in Evora Portugal.
The organization of the workshop was a joint effort of Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN), Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the young researcher representatives of the two projects PAGE21 (Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century) and ADAPT (Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition).
YR workshop org committee smallThe workshop preparation started already a year ago with 12 organizing young scientists from 6 different countries and and as financially supported by International Permafrost Association (IPA), Climate and Cryosphere (CliC), International Arctic Science Comittee (IASC) and Bolin Centre for Climate Research in Sweden.
Student support was provided by both PAGE21 and ADAPT projects, both of which have a very active young researcher body within the projects. 
The main aim of the workshop was to build interdisciplinary knowledge on how the Arctic and Antarctic permafrost regions play a key role in the Earth System and to give each participant a more overarching view on the regions beyond disciplinary research questions.
The workshop had 17 invited mentors and guest scientists, 3 keynote presentations, 12 breakout sessions and an ICARP III - 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning activity - in a World Café format in which the young researchers participated in formulating the most topical future permafrost research questions.

At the end of the workshop a PYRN assembly selected new PYRN Executive Committee, which will take on the planning of the permafrost YR activities, and especially the YR activities at the 11th ICOP in Potsdam, Germany in 2016 with a lot of enthusiasm.

PAGE21 young researchers at EUCOP 2014: Sarah Chadburn

(Photo: PAGE21) Sarah ChadburnToday we are honoured to present Sarah Chadburn, researcher from University of Exeter.

During the Conference and Young Researchers Workshop, Sarah explains what her project is all about.

JULES is a global land surface model. It simulates vegetation, soil and transfer of energy and water, from the atmosphere, into and out of the land surface, and through the soil.

JULES simulates freezing and thawing and so we can use it to simulate permafrost across the whole globe.
If we run the model into the future, using atmospheric data from a climate model, we can show how the permafrost area decreases with future climate warming.
This case is a low-emissions scenario, and we still see a significant loss of permafrost.

I have added in new processes to improve the model. These include a representation of moss cover on top of the soil, and organic matter in the soil, which provide thermal insulation.
We are also simulating deeper soil, to make the temperature dynamics more realistic.
Watch the Frostbyte video to get better understanding of Sarah´s project.

Frostbyte S Chadburn: Global permafrost modelling with JULES from Climate and Cryosphere on Vimeo.





New version of CyoGridEdu is now available

(Photo: Getty Images) PAGE21 Snow – Permafrost Interaction Soil Model – CryoGridEdu has now been updated. New versions of CryoGridEdu programs are now available for various operating systems.
CryoGridEdu allows two different types of input data that are used as an external forcing for the soil model. On the one hand you can generate tailored data with a sinusoidal temperature curve and a trapezoid shaped snow depth curve.
On the other hand you can also load files with measured temperatures and snow depth or snow water equivalent.
CryoGridEdu was developed by Dr. Moritz Langer, Max Heikenfeld and Sebastian Wastermann from Alfred Wagener Institute for Polar Research, Division of Geosciences within PAGE21 project.
Dr. Langer and Heikenfeld have been working on the role of degrading permafrost and carbon turnover in the coastal, shelf and deep – sea environment as a part of PAGE21 Work Package 4.
The CryoGridEdu software and the manual are available for the free of charge download. For more information and to download the program, please click here.