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Participants at a GIFT workshop (Credit: Jane Robb/EGU)

Educational resource Farming on permafrost

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Farming on permafrost

Associated divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Geomorphology (GM)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)


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The article, activity sheet and animation are available through the following link:

Type of activities
Practical Work


Climate change is creating new opportunities for agriculture, by providing longer and warmer growing seasons, and thawing frozen ground. But farmers in permafrost regions face many challenges, including subsidence in their fields. Dr Melissa Ward Jones, a permafrost geomorphologist, has established Permafrost Grown, a research project investigating the interactions between permafrost and agriculture.

This brochure introduces the work of Permafrost Grown, offers an insight into different geoscience-related careers, contains interviews with members of Permafrost grown and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to create their own permafrost. An animation about the project is also available.