Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


pyrn smallPermafrost scientists and engineers!

Are you interested in learning more about each other’s disciplines? Then follow up and rewatch our PYRN Short course on Youtube. This 5 week course was filled with lecture content followed by questions from the audience, and during the last week, all of our panelists joined together to have an interactive discussion on how permafrost scientists and engineers can work together, and identify a strong path forward.

Basics of permafrost science I
  Dr. Ashley Rudy introduces the basics of permafrost science, including What is permafrost, permafrost extent, active layer and subsidence, permafrost thermal regime, ground ice, permafrost formation and degradation, permafrost landforms, thermokarst and climate change and permafrost.

Basics of cold regions engineering I
  We continue to exchange knowledge about each other's disciplines. This video is about the basics of cold region engineering I by Dr. Simon Dumais, assistant professor in civil engineering and geotechnical engineer. He covers topics like soil mechanics, heat transfer, the soil thermal state that we need to understand in order to design, construct and maintain infrastructure successfully in permafrost environments.

Basics of permafrost science II
  In this second part about permafrost science II, we welcome Dr. Chris Burn , who talks about field experiments with snow and more especially rejuvenation of ice-wedge cracking at the western Arctic coast. In the second part, Pat Jardine talks about snow compaction on the Dempster highway. Originally, Dr. Hugues Lantuit was scheduled to hold this talk but we had to reorganise due to other engagements. Thank you Chris for stepping in on short notice!

Basics of cold regions engineering II
  The fourth part about cold regions engineering is given by Guy Doré from the University of Laval, Quebec. He talks about geotechnical investigations that are key to decision making and different strategies for engineering and design on permafrost.

Panel discussion
  This the fifth and last part of our PYRN Short course on permafrost science and cold region engineering. All 4 panelists that we welcomed in separate session in the past weeks (linked in the same playlist), will be discussing the following questions:
1. Are there already strong working relationships between cold regions engineers and permafrost scientists?
2. What are some of the barriers/complications of permafrost scientists and engineers working together?
3. What can we as a community do to close some of the gaps in communication between permafrost scientists and engineers?
4. What can we learn from each other/should we learn from each other?
5. Are there specific courses/summer schools/field work etc you recommend for interested students?
6. What do you expect from RCOP? What would be your wishes? Do you plan to attend a session by the others?

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