The purpose of the USPA is to encourage scientific
and engineering investigations in permafrost and 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 hosts an International
Permafrost Conference every four 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.