Submitted to: Seasonally Frozen Soils Symposium
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/12/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Seasonally frozen soils occur over a large portion of the northern hemisphere and include some of the most productive and also the most fragile soils in the world. Research reported from twelve countries at the International Symposium on Physics, Chemistry, and Ecology of Seasonally Frozen Soils covered a wide range of topics and represented many disciplines. While our knowledge of frozen soils is vast, much remains to be learned. Future frozen soils research needs include: 1) measurement techniques; 2) changes in soil microstructure; 3) adaptation of soil organisms; 4) new simulation models and management tools; 5) interdisciplinary research; and 6) applied research for managing ecosystems. The big task for the future is to integrate knowledge gained through frozen soils research into useful tools for the development of new management systems for our global ecosystems.