RCOP & ICCRE Conference

The 2021 Regional Conference on Permafrost (RCOP) and 19th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering was a success! Thank you so much for your participation and interest! This conference was held virtually between October 24 and 29, 2021 and was the biggest permafrost science and cold regions engineering conference in 2021! We are working on conference legacy files, attendance credit, and lessons learned. If you registered for the conference, please look for our emails and provide feedback!

The book of abstracts is available here.

IPA Conference Proceedings

IPA logoThe International Permafrost Association (IPA) hosts conferences on permafrost internationally and regionally. These are generally referred to as ICOP (International Conference on Permafrost) and RCOP (Regional Conference on Permafrost). Sometimes an RCOP has an adjusted name to specify the region where the conference took place (for example, the European Conference on Permafrost is referred to as EUCOP). 

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International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP) Proceedings

Please find Proceedings from past ICOPs below. We list conferences from newest to oldest.

 2016 ICOP Logo

11th ICOP: June 20 - 24, Potsdam, Germany

The 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016) was held from June 20-24, 2016 in Potsdam, Germany with nearly 740 participants from 36 countries and organized by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research and Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten as conference chair. The local organizing committee decided that an extended abstract book would be published instead of a conference proceedings volume. Each person who wished to give either an oral or a poster presentation submitted an abstract 1 to 3 pages long and these were compiled in a book (Günther and Morgenstern 2016) which can be downloaded from the conference website:http://icop2016.org.

Book of Abstracts (PDF, 380 MB)

Conference Website

 2012 ICOP Logo

10th ICOP: June 25 - 29, Salekhard, Russia

The 10th International Conference on Permafrost was held in Salekhard, Russia and organized by the Tyumen Oil and Gas University.

Proceedings - Volume 1 (PDF, 157.8 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 2 (PDF, 159.6 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 3 (PDF, 43.1 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 4 (PDF, 31.9 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 5 (PDF, 16.8 MB)

Polar Urals Guidebook (PDF, 7.5 MB)

Transbaikalia Region Trip Report (PDF, 2.8 MB)

 2008 ICOP Logo

9th ICOP: June 28 - July 3, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

The 9th International Conference on Permafrost was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.

Proceedings - Volume 1 (234 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 2 (229 MB)

 2003 ICOP Logo

8th ICOP: July 21 - 25, 2003, Zürich, Switzerland

The 8th International Conference on Permafrost met in Zürich, Switzerland, July 21-25, 2003. Approximately 300 representatives from 24 countries participated. A total of 230 papers were published and an additional 97 extended abstracts were published and available for poster presentations. The conference cochairs were Professors Sarah Springman, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and Charles Harris, University of Cardiff, UK. Professor Wilfried Haeberli, University of Zurich, was the host organizer and Vice President of the International Permafrost Association.

Extended Abstracts (PDF, 28.2 MB)

 1998 ICOP Logo

7th ICOP: June 23 - 27, 1998, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

The Seventh International Conference on Permafrost was held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, 23-27 June 1998. The Chair of the Organizing Committee was Don Hayley of EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. and the Chair of the Technical Program Committee was Antoni Lewkowicz of the University of Ottawa. The Conference was scheduled to coincide with the summer solstice when daylight is continuous. Yellowknife, situated in the discontinuous permafrost zone, is illustrative of a city that has evolved in a periglacial environment. Approximately 275 participants, including accompanying persons and 25 students, representing 25 countries participated.

Program - Abstracts and Reports (PDF, 20.1 MB)

 1993 ICOP Logo

6th ICOP: July 5 - 9, 1993, Beijing, China

The Sixth International Conference on Permafrost was held in Beijing, China between July 5-9, 1993 under the auspices of the Chinese Society of Glaciology and Geocryology (CSGG). It was chaired by Cheng Guodong, Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology. The venue was the Beijing International Convention Center where 275 registrants from 21 countries participated in the program. The major technical activities of the Conference consisted of three special sessions, an IPA data workshop, 14 paper sessions, two poster sessions and field excursions.

Proceedings - Volume 1 (PDF, 96.1 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 2 (PDF, 37.8 MB)

 1988 ICOP Logo

5th ICOP: August 2 - 5, 1988, Trondheim, Norway

The first international conference on permafrost to be held subsequent to the founding of the International Permafrost Association (IPA) was in Norway in 1988. This, the fifth conference to be held since 1963, was organized by the Norwegian Committee on Permafrost and chaired by Kaare Flaate of the Norwegian Road Research Laboratory. The venue was the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim, Norway. It was attended by 305 registrants from 19 countries.

Proceedings - Volume 1 (PDF, 121.9 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 2 (PDF, 57.5 MB)

Proceedings - Volume 3 (PDF, 11.5MB)

 1983 ICOP Logo

4th ICOP: July 18 - 22, 1983, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Organized by the University of Alaska and the National Academy of Sciences, the Fourth International Conference on Permafrost was held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, between July 17-22, 1983. The Organizing Committee was chaired by Troy L. Péwé. No fewer than 64 Federal, State, Industry and Private sponsors contributed to the support of the Conference. The Conference attracted some 851 registrants. Of those, 595 were from the USA, 122 from Canada and 111 from 22 other countries. It was during the Fourth International Conference on Permafrost that the International Permafrost Association (IPA) was formed.


Preceedings (2 Volumes, PDF, 42.5 MB)

 1978 ICOP Logo

3rd ICOP: July 10 - 13, 1978, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Third International Conference on Permafrost, which was held in the Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, Canada, July 10-13, 1978, was sponsored by the National Research Council of Canada. Roger J. E. Brown served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee. The Proceedings list 452 registrants, and Chinese scientists attended for the first time. The Conference consisted of special plenary sessions, technical papers sessions and poster sessions. The special plenary sessions were devoted to reviewing eight different topics.

Proceedings - Part 1 (PDF, 20.9 MB)

Proceedings - Part 2 (PDF, 22.9 MB)

Preceedings - 2 Volumes (PDF, 25.4 MB)

 1973 ICOP Logo

2nd ICOP: July 13 - 28, 1973, Yakutsk, USSR

At the conclusion of the First Conference in 1963, it was resolved to organize “a second conference with the objective of furthering interdisciplinary exchange of information in the field.” Circumstances were such that this objective was not met until 10 years later. The Conference was held at the House of Political Education, Yaroslavskiy Str., Yakutsk between Monday, July 12 and Friday, July 20, 1973. During the stay in Yakutsk, attendees had opportunities for several short field trips including visits to a site where prefabricated, six-story, apartment buildings were being constructed on permafrost; the 117 m deep “well” or Shergin shaft that had been dug into permafrost 100 years earlier, and used for the first scientific study of permafrost”; and, most importantly the Permafrost Institute which has a life-size statute of a mammoth that greets you before you enter the building.

Proceedings - North American Contribution (PDF, 91.5 MB)

Proceedings - USSR Contribution (PDF, 87.2 MB)

 1963 ICOP Logo

1st ICOP: November 11 - 15, 1963, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Some 20 years after Siemon Muller published in English the word ‘permafrost’, the Building Research Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council of the United States provided the opportunity to “ … bring together experts from many countries and disciplines to discuss various aspects of permafrost.” Held at Purdue University under the auspices of its School of Civil Engineering, November 11-15, 1963, the Conference registered some 285 “engineers, researchers, manufacturers, and builders from around the world, …” This first international permafrost conference, had papers presented by scientists and engineers from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. This was the first post-World War major contact with a group of senior Russian frozen ground researchers.

Proceedings (PDF, 93.3 MB)


Regional Conference on Permafrost (RCOP/EUCOP/SOUTHCOP) Proceedings

Please find Proceedings from past Regional Conferences on Permafrost below. We list conferences from newest to oldest.




  2019 SouthCOP Logo

6th EUCOP: June 18 - 22, 2023, Puigcerdà, Spain

Field Guide (PDF, 73MB)
Book of Abstracts (PDF, 8MB)



2021 Regional Conference on Permafrost and 19th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering: October 24-29, 2021, Online Virtual Conference

Book of Abstracts (PDF, 3.3MB)



1st SouthCOP: December 4 - 14, 2019, Queenstown, New Zealand


Conference Handbook (PDF, 2.8 MB)



 2018 EUCOP Logo 

5th EUCOP: June 2018, Chamonix, France


Conference Handbook (External Link, 152 MB)


  2017 ACOP Logo 

2nd ACOP: July 2 - 6, 2017, Sapporo, Japan


Book of Abstracts (PDF, 15.7 MB)



4th EUCOP: June 18 - 21, 2014, Évora, Portugal


Book of Abstracts (PDF, 3.5 MB)


2010 EUCOP Logo  

3rd EUCOP: June 13 - 17, 2010, Svalbard, Norway


Abstracts (PDF, 27.7 MB)


2006 ACOP Logo 

1st ACOP: August 7 - 9, 2006, Lanzhou, China


Abstracts (PDF, 2.3 MB)


 2006 EUCOP Logo 

2nd EUCOP: June 12 - 16, 2005, Potsdam, Germany

Book of Abstracts (PDF, 1MB) 




1st EUCOP: March 26 - 28, 2001, Rome, Italy


Book of Abstracts (PDF, 12MB)