Welcome to The 12th International Conference on Permafrost
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Special issue on Degrading permafrost and its impacts  

Permafrost mainly presents in three poles and other alpine and subalpine regions, with a total extent of ~22±3 million km2 and approximately a quarter of exposed land surfaces. Permafrost affects terrestrial ecosystem dynamics, water-carbon cycles, infrastructures and socioeconomic development to varied extents. Under a warming climate, permafrost has been degrading as evidenced by shrinking areal extent, rising temperature, reducing thickness, melting ground-ice, and extensive thermokarsting.

The 12th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2020) will be held in Lanzhou, China on 22-26 June 2020. The conference theme is "Permafrost environments under persistent warming: Challenges for scientific assessment and engineering practice". The 12th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering (ISOPE) is planned to be held in Lanzhou immediately prior to the ICOP2020. This 12th ISOPE aims at promoting theories and practice of permafrost engineering in Russia and China, and beyond, with foci on the High, Central and East Asia.

To harvest the great accomplishments of the two meetings, these special issues are dedicated to the research to understand the degrading permafrost under a warming climate and its impacts, in particular, identify predictive, evaluative and diagnostic tools for adapting and mitigating these changes effectively and in a sustainable way.

In particular, the Special Issues of the Advances in Climate Change Research (ACCR) are focused on the environmental and engineering impacts and mitigation/adaption and welcome the contributions yielding from the ICOP2020 and 12th ISOPE.

Guest Editors:

Huijun Jin

State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soils Engineering, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Qingbai Wu

State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soils Engineering, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Vladimir E Romanovsky

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

More specifically, the subjects may include, but not strictly limited in the following aspects:


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A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page at


Ensure that you mention the Special Issues (Degrading permafrost and its impacts) call for papers in your cover letter. Manuscripts, preferably no more than 10-15 pages, can be submitted until the deadline. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts will be published continuously online immediately on acceptance.

All accepted manuscripts will be listed together on the Special Issue website, and the ACCR special issues are to be printed timely before the 12th ISOPE and ICOP2020.

投稿截止日期:15 February 2020


Email: icop2020@lzb.ac.cn

Address: Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources,CAS Lanzhou, P.R.China

Secretary General: Professor Fujun Niu


Professor Guoyu Li Professor Zhi Wen Professor Mingyi Zhang Ms. Yanmei Han Dr. Yanhu Mu Dr. Ze Zhang Dr. Zhanju Lin Dr. Guanli Jiang Dr. Jianfeng Zheng