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International Permafrost Association

Project Description
The International Permafrost Association, founded in 1983, has as its
objectives fostering the dissemination of knowledge concerning permafrost
and promoting cooperation among persons and national or international
organizations engaged in scientific investigation and engineering work on
permafrost. Membership is through adhering national or multi-national
organizations or as individuals in countries where no Adhering Body
exists. The IPA is governed by its officers and a Council consisting of
representatives from 23 Adhering Bodies having interests in some aspect of
theoretical, basic and applied frozen ground research, including
permafrost, seasonal frost, artificial freezing and periglacial phenomena.
Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces organize and coordinate
research activities and special projects.

The IPA became an Affiliated Organization of the International Union of
Geological Sciences in July 1989. The Association's primary
responsibilities are convening International Permafrost Conferences and
accomplishing special projects such as preparing maps, bibliographies, and

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