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Unlike connotations such as greenhouse effect. global change, sea level, desertification, etc. , permafrost is definitely lacking in the everyday speech of many non-specialists. The reason is that areas of permafrost are too remote, barren and isolated. Focus on permafrost today is brought when huge environmental disasters, mainly related to pollution by oil spills, occur. Even then it is offered as
Preface. List of authors and participants. Opening Keynote Lectures. Part I: International Assessment of Existing On-Shore and Off-Shore Data. Part II: Scenarios of Past and Future Permafrost Evolution. Part II-A: Permafrost Evolution in the Past. Part II-B: Scenarios of Global Climate Changes and Permafrost Dynamics. Part III: Engineering Effects on Permafrost and Assessment. Part IV: New Dimensions in Geocryology. Part IV-A: Gas Hydrates. Part IV-B: Permafrost as a Microbiological Habitat. Part IV-C: Informatics in Geocryology. Part V: Panel Discussions, Conclusive Reports and Recommendations of the Plenary Session. Appendix. Index.