Dr Hugues Lantuit (co-coordinators)
Dr. Hugues Lantuit is permafrost scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany, where he is leading the coastal permafrost research group. Dr. Lantuit has got a Maîtrise in Geography and Geology from Université Denis Diderot in Paris, France, a Masters of science in Geography from McGill University in Montréal, Canada and a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Potsdam in Germany. Dr. Lantuit’s scientific interests are the evolution of permafrost landscapes in the Arctic, their reaction to climate change and its implication for the Earth Climate System. He focuses on the erosion of permafrost coasts in the Arctic and its impact on the environment. Dr. Lantuit is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Permafrost Association and is the the founder of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network.
Prof. Oliver Frauenfeld (co-coordinators)
Prof. Oliver Frauenfeld is a climatologist on the Department of Geography faculty at Texas A&M University, USA, where he conducts research on surface-atmosphere interactions. Prior to TAMU he was a research scientist at the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, USA. He holds bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Dr. Frauenfeld's research focuses on quantifying historical Eurasian frozen ground changes in response to climate variability, based on observational data. Additional research includes Pacific Ocean-atmosphere interactions, and land cover/land use change on the Tibetan Plateau. He is an editor of the journal Climate Research, and a past president and board member of the U.S. Permafrost Association.
Dr Margareta Johansson (co-coordinators)
Dr Margareta Johansson is a physical geographer that is focusing her research on permafrost in a changing climate in northernmost Sweden. Margareta is based at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University and at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Sweden. Her research experience includes helping to coordinate major environmental assessments such as a chapter in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) on terrestrial ecosystems, and international networks such as "A circumarctic network of terrestrial field bases (SCANNET). She is currently the Executive Secretary for the EU project INTERACT ( www.eu-interact.org ) and a top-level research initiative DEFROST ( www.ncoe-defrost.org ). Margareta was one of two convening lead authors for two chapters (snow and permafrost) of the AMAP SWIPA assessment (Snow, water, ice and permafrost in the Arctic www.amap.no/swipa ) that was a follow up on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment but was focusing on the cryosphere.