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Specialists in northern soils had international contacts for several decades. However, the First International Conference on Cryopedology was held only 10 years ago - in November, 1992 in Pushchino, Russia. On that meeting the group of soil scientists soils from different countries - USA (R.Arnold, J.Kimble, R.Ahrens, C.-L.Ping, J.Brown), Canada (C.Tarnocai, S.Smith), Denmark (B.Jakobsen), Germany (G.Broll, E.M.Pfeiffer) and Russia (I.Sokolov, V.Targulian, E.Naumov, D.Gilichinsky) decided to organize the Cryosol Working Group both at International Society of Soil Science (ISSS, now IUSS) and International Permafrost Association (IPA), mainly to develop the new classification units for permafrost-affected soils and Northern Circumpolar Soil Database with series of maps. Now the Cryosol Working Group is very active team of polar soil scientists from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia and USA. The information on the members of the group is here.

Every year the CWG has several meetings to discuss different activities. Every 4 years the group organizes the International Conferences on
Cryopedology. The last one was held in 2009 (Ulan-Ude, Buryatia region, Russia). The next will be held in 2013 in Krakow, Poland.

Cryosol Working Group developed the diagnostics and taxonomy of permafrost-affected soils for the World Reference Base for Soil Resources and for the US Soil Taxonomy. It also completed the first version of the Northern Circumpolar Soil Database. In 2004 the Cryosol book was published. Besides classification and databases, CWG is also focused on the role of cryogenesis in the soil formation, the ecological problems relevant to northern soils and the consequences of the global climate change for polar soils.


Meeting at the 20th World Congress

Minutes of the IUSS Cryosol working group activities at the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in Jeju, Korea, June 8-13, 2014

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The 6th International Conference on Cryopedology “Frost-affected soils Dynamic soils in the dynamic world” was held in Krakow (Poland), 24-29 August 2013.

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MAMMOTH ULTRA-CONTINENTAL WRB field workshop 17-23 of August 2013

The Commission on Soil Classification and the WRB (World Reference Base) and USC (Universal Soil Classification) Working Groups of the International Union of Soil Sciences together with the Dokuchaev (Russian) Soil Science Society are pleased to welcome you to the Ultra-Continental Field Workshop to the heart of the Eurasian continent - the region of Central Sakha (Yakutia), East Siberia, to examine and discuss the genesis and classification of unique ultra-continental permafrost-affected soils.

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