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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

IV International Conference on Cryopedology, Russia

The Cryosol Working Group of the IUSS and IPA held the IV International Conference on Cryopedology from August 1-8 in Arkhangelsk and Pinega, Russia. The focus of the meeting was Cryosols: Genesis, Ecology and Management. The meeting was hosted by the Institute of Ecological Problems of the North Ural Branch of RAS, Arkhangelsk. The lead organizer of the conference was Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and Cryosol WG Co-Chair Dr. S.V. Goryachkin and he was assisted by the Co Chair of the WG Prof Dr. E. M. Pfeiffer. There were several groups active in the organization and sponsoring of the conference – Cryosol Working group of IUSS and IPA; Commission of Palepedology of IUSS and INQUA; Dokuchaev Soil Science Society,;; Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, Pushchino; State Reserve Pinezhsky, Arkhangelsk Region; Russian Foundation of Academy Research; Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences; German Research Community; and The University of Hamburg, Germany. All of these groups are thanked for there efforts.

Over 60 participants attended the meeting from eight different countries representing many different areas of soil science but all with an active interest in Cryopedology. The first 4 days in Arkhangelsk were formal sessions where 40 papers were presented as well as 15 posters dealing with all aspects of Cryosols. There was a very active discussion of the different papers and recommendations were made by the group for changes to how Cryosols are handled in the WRB.

Three days were then spent on a very interesting field trip to the Pinega Region. The field trip focused on Soils and Perennial Underground Ice of Glaciated and Karst Landscapes in Northern European Russia. This was an area of Gypsum Karst with many different kinds of soils. Several Profiles were visited and there genesis and classification were discussed by the group. How the soils were classified in different classification and mapping systems were discussed and compared.

The Pinega State Reserve was visited and information was presented on the region as well as a very interesting Museum of Karst was visited.

The Cryosol WG was formed in Pushchino in December of 1992 and of note at this meeting was the large number of young scientists who took part in the discussions and made several very interesting presentations. This was very significant to many of the older founders of the Cryosol Working Group as we know the work and interest in Cryosols will continue into the future. Regions with permafrost are the areas predicted to have the most drastic effects of global climate change and as these areas are used for more mineral extraction, and visited by more and more people more and more ecological problems will develop and need to be addressed.

All of us who attended were very impressed by the organizational work done by our Russian colleagues. All of the logistical arrangements were excellent and the meeting ran very smoothly at all times. The field trip was super with many soil profiles to discuss with a very informative and detailed tour guide. Meeting was very scientific and every one had a good time and all left with a very good impression of the organizational ability of the local hosts.

Detailed information on the conference can be found at the WWW site of the Cryosol Working Group