The 6th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2023) was held in Puigcerdà (Catalonia, Spain), 18-22 June 2023.

Following the International and Regional conferences convened by the International Permafrost Association, the 6th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2023) was held in Puigcerdà (Catalonia, Spain), 18-22 June 2023. The conference encompassed all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level during three exciting days of plenary lectures, oral presentations and posters, combined with several local field trips across the eastern Pyrenees (Cerdanya, Núria, Andorra, etc).

The conference brought together nearly 500 permafrost scientists from all over the world and covered a wide range of permafrost topics from research to engineering and outreach. It was an entire week dedicated to permafrost, something that had not happened since the last EUCOP in 2018. The relatively small number of attendants combined with the proximity that a smaller town offers were the perfect ingredients to renew and foster new partnerships, exchange in a casual atmosphere, and create a sense of community. During the week, conference attendees were able to attend high-level plenary lectures, participate to topical sessions, and have discussions during the poster sessions. The quality and variety of presentations was outstanding, and Canadian researchers once again showed the relevance of their work and their know-how to their international colleagues.


There were a range of research presentations at EUCOP 2023 by network members. Some of the presentations are available below.

Toni Lewkowicz

Title: Changing discontinuous permafrost evaluated using repeat electrical resistivity tomography, northwest Canada.

Hannah Macdonell

Title: Uncovering Ground-Temperature Model Accuracy in Permafrost Environments.

Mahya Roustaei

Title: Non-destructive characterization of permafrost physical properties using industrial computed tomography.

Tabatha Rahman

Title: The distribution, morphometry, and volume of wedge ice in the Barrens of northern Manitoba, Canada.

Pascale Roy-Léveillée

Title: Catastrophic drainages and landscape evolution in Old Crow Flats, Yukon.

Emma Street

Title: Exploring Traditional Knowledge of Permafrost Change in the Gwich’in Settlement Area and Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

PYRN-Permafrost Young Researchers Network Awards

The PYRN vice-president Adam Kirkwood presented the awards for best oral presentation and best poster presentation by Early Career Researchers at the conference.

Congratulations to Natalie Arpin for the best oral presentation and to Pia Petzold for the best poster presentation.

Congratulations also to Samuel Gagnon who won 2nd place for his oral presentation – Contemporary formation of ice wedge pseudomorph during the expansion of a thermokarst lake followed by lake drainage in Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada.


You can see the posters presented by network members below.

Click on the right-hand side images below to see the full poster pdf.

Pia Blake

Title: Understanding permafrost in bedrock slopes of intermediate steepness.

Nick Brown

Title: Globsim v.3 Improvements to an open-source software library for utilizing atmospheric reanalyses in point-scale permafrost simulation

Nick Brown

Title: Open-source tools to support standardization and cleaning of ground temperature data.

Danielle Chiasson

Title: Peat as a portal to the past.


Nicole Corbiere

Title: Mercury and methyl mercury concentrations in drained basin complexes in Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada.


Samuel Gagnon

Title: Cold ice-rich permafrost is more resilient than surface geomorphology to thermal erosion disturbances.


Gabriel Karam

Title: The effects of environmental controls on epigenetic ice wedge cracking.


Adam Kirkwood

Title: Mass-wasting in the continuous zone of permafrost has minimal legacy effects on mercury export to the Churchill River.


Rae Landriau

Title: Egress of contaminated fluids from drilling waste sumps, western Arctic Canada.

Astrid Schetselaar

Title: Increases in climate-related highway maintenance costs in a permafrost environment, Yukon, Canada.