The purpose of the USPA is to encourage scientific
and engineering investigations in permafrost is related topics and
to disseminate results related to permafrost research. The position
of the USPA is to encourage sharing of knowledge and data in
permafrost science. The USPA specifically promotes awareness
of permafrost among the public and training of new generations of
scientists and engineers to work in fields related to permafrost
science and engineering. The USPA cooperates in sponsoring the
International Conferences on Permafrost and co-sponsors other support activities and meetings.
We have been working to form a strong national
organization of scientists and engineers interested in permafrost
research. The International Permafrost Association has lasted
20 years and hosts an International Permafrost Conference every
five years. The US Permafrost Association strives to contribute
to IPA activities and is well-represented in national and international
meetings where issues related to permafrost are discussed. Permafrost
is an important component of the hydrosphere, biosphere and cryosphere
and we need to educate the public in understanding its importance
while we work to better understand how permafrost terrain continues to be influenced
by natural and human disturbances.
Climate warming has been a long term process that with more recent concerns about accelerated warming effects, has generated a greater focus on potentially adverse impacts on frozen ground.