permAfrost pursues an integrative approach across various spatial scales, linking the climate signal, geomorphological process and hydrological effect in order to improve our understanding of the impact of climate change on permafrost and of the effects of thawing permafrost.


permAfrost is a consortium of four originally independent research projects within the framework of Alpine Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. An integrative approach encompassing the entire climate – permafrost – hazard system as envisaged for the Austrian Permafrost Research Initative is prerequisite for scientifically coherent results that will be acknowledged and taken up by the international scientific community. The principal motivation for the integration of all relevant permafrost research groups in Austria is the opportunity to leverage synergies and the joint aim of promoting permafrost research in one of the most important mountain regions in the world.