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 on the header to register online
    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]
    More information will be available soon
    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
Plan Your Visit
  1. Queenstown
    Queenstown is known for its breath taking scenery, vast range of experiences, cosmopolitan vibe and friendly local hosts
  2. Venue
    The Millennium Hotel is the Conference Venue
  3. Getting to Queenstown
    Getting to Queenstown
    Queenstown International Airport receives daily direct flights from around New Zealand and Australia's main ports, and great road access on major New Zealand highways makes driving into Queenstown an easy and beautiful experience. Exploring the region once you’re in Queenstown is simple with a range of local transport options.
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