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Permafrost Regions In Transition: Introduction

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Russian permafrost regions are unparalleled in extent, history of development, population presence, and the scale of economic activities. This special issue, «Permafrost Regions in Transition», provides a timely opportunity to (a) examine major issues associated with changing permafrost conditions in natural environments and areas of economic development; (b) present insights into new methods of permafrost investigations; and (c) describe new opportunities and risks threatening sustainable development of Arctic populations and industrial centers in Russia. The issue begins with papers focused on methods of permafrost research, followed by papers focused on examining changes in permafrost under natural conditions, and in Arctic settlements. The last two papers examine potential impacts of permafrost degradation on the Russian economy and potential health implications.

About the Authors

Dmitry A. Streletskiy
The George Washington University; Earth’s Cryosphere Institute, Tyumen Scientific Centre, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
United States

Department of Geography, The George Washington University



Alexey A. Maslakov
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Russian Federation

Faculty of Geography

Leninskie Gory 1, Moscow 119991

Irina D. Streletskaya
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Russian Federation

Faculty of Geography

Leninskie Gory 1, Moscow 119991

Frederick E. Nelson
Michigan State University; Northern Michigan University
United States

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences Michigan State University;

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University

East Lansing, MI,

Marquette, MI


1. Badina S.V., Pankratov A.A. (2021). The value of buildings and structures for permafrost damage prediction: the case of the Eastern Russian Arctic. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 83-92, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-058.

2. Biskaborn B.K. et al. (2019). Permafrost is warming at a global scale. Nature communications, 10(1), 1-11, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08240-4.

3. Grebenets V.I., Tolmanov V.A., Iurov F.D. & Groisman P.Y. (2021a). The problem of storage of solid waste in permafrost. Environmental Research Letters, 16(10), 105007, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac2375.

4. Grebenets V.I., Tolmanov V.A., Streletskiy D.A. (2021b). Active layer dynamics near Norilsk, Taimyr peninsula, Russia. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 55-66, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-073.

5. Grebenets, V., Streletskiy, D., & Shiklomanov, N. (2012). Geotechnical safety issues in the cities of Polar Regions. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 5(3), 104-119. DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2012-5-3-104-119.

6. Kamnev Ya.K., Filimonov M.Yu., Shein A.N., Vaganova N.A. (2021). Automated monitoring of the temperature under buildings with pile foundations in Salekhard. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 75-82, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-021.

7. Kotov P.I., Khilimonyuk V.Z. (2021). Building stability on permafrost in Vorkuta, Russia. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 67- 74, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-043.

8. Kravtsova V.I., Rodionova T.V. (2016). Investigation of the dynamics in area and number of thermokarst lakes in various regions of Russian cryolithozone, using satellite images. Earth’s Cryosphere, 1(20), 81-89 (In Russia with English abstract).

9. Melnikov V.P., Osipov V.I., Brushkov A.V. et al. (2021) Assessment of damage to residential and industrial buildings and structures during temperature changes and permafrost thawing in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation by the middle of the XXI century, Geoecology, 1, 14-31 (in Russian).

10. Nelson F.E., Shiklomanov N.I. & Nyland K.E. (2021). Cool, CALM, collected: the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring program and network. Polar Geography, 1-12, DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2021.1988001.

11. Puchkov A.V., Yakovlev E.Y., Hasson N., Sobrinho G., Tsykareva Y.V., Tyshov A.S., Lapikov P.I., Ushakova E.V. (2021). Radon hazard in permafrost conditions: current state of research. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 93-104, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-037.

12. Schaefer K., Elshorbany Y., Jafarov E., Schuster P.F., Striegl R.G., Wickland K.P. & Sunderland E.M. (2020). Potential impacts of mercury released from thawing permafrost. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-6, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18398-5.

13. Shiklomanov, N., Streletskiy, D., Suter, L., Orttung, R., & Zamyatina, N. (2020). Dealing with the bust in Vorkuta, Russia. Land Use Policy, 93, 103908. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.021.

14. Streletskiy D. 2021. Permafrost Degradation. Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. In: Haeberli W. and Whiteman C. (ed.). Oxford, Elsevier, 297-322, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-817129-5.00021-4.

15. Streletskiy D. A., Suter L. J., Shiklomanov N. I., Porfiriev B. N., & Eliseev D. O. (2019). Assessment of climate change impacts on buildings, structures and infrastructure in the Russian regions on permafrost. Environmental Research Letters, 14(2), 025003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaf5e6.

16. Tikhonravova Ya. V., Rogov V. V., Slagoda E. A. (2021). Genetic identification of ground ice by petrographic method. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 20-32, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-063.

17. Tregubov O.D., Glotov V. E., Konstantinov P. Ya., Shamov V. V. (2021). Hydrological conditions of drained lake basins of the Anadyr lowland under changing climatic conditions. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 41-54, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-030.

18. Vasil’chuk Yu. K., Maslakov A. A., Budantseva N. A., Vasil’chuk A. C., Komova N. N. (2021). Isotope signature of the massive ice bodies on the northeast coast of Chukotka peninsula. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 9-19, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-020.

19. Veremeeva A., Glushkova N., Günther F., Nitze I., and Grosse G. (2016). Landscapes and thermokarst lake area changes in Yedoma regions under modern climate conditions, Kolyma Lowland tundra, XI. International Conference on Permafrost, Potsdam, Germany, 20 June 2016 - 24 June 2016. DOI: 10.2312/GFZ.LIS.2016.001.

20. Zotova L. I. (2021). The landscape indication of permafrost conditions for geoecological assessments & mapping at various scales. Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 4(14), 33-40, DOI: 10.24057/2071-9388-2021-039.

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Streletskiy D.A., Maslakov A.A., Streletskaya I.D., Nelson F.E. Permafrost Regions In Transition: Introduction. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2021;14(4):6-8.

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