IPA Action Group : Rock glacier inventories and kinematics

The IPA Action Group (2018-2022) intends to sustain the first steps toward the organization and the management of a network dedicated to rock glacier mapping (inventorying) and to promote the integration of permafrost creep rate (rock glacier kinematics) as a new associated parameter to Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Permafrost within the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) initiative supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), characterizing the evolution of mountain permafrost on the global scale. 

 

 

  • Objectives of the Action Group

    The Action Group intends to sustain the first steps toward the organization and the management of a network dedicated to rock glacier mapping (inventorying) and monitoring all around the world and the definition of the necessary standards.

    More specifically the Action Group aims to coordinate efforts to:

    • define widely accepted standard guidelines for inventorying rock glaciers in mountain permafrost regions, including information on the activity rate,
    • promote the use of satellite SAR interferometry, e.g. Sentinel data, for monitoring the rock glacier activity at a regional scale and define appropriate standards and guidelines,
    • integrate as far as possible local-scale based monitoring data based on aerial and terrestrial geodetic surveys,
    • initiate the development a world-wide rock glacier database, including kinematics,
    • set up standard guidelines for selecting an appropriate number of rock glaciers per region that can be then used to assess temporal trends with decadal to intra-decadal time steps,
    • build up and manage a web platform for visualization and open data access.

    The Action Group is expecting that in the long run rock glacier kinematics could be recognized by the permafrost community (e.g. GTN-P) and later by the WMO as a new associated parameter to the ECV Permafrost and could be integrated in the monitoring strategy of international programs in addition to the observation of permafrost thermal state and active layer trends.

     

  • Organization of the Action Group

    The basic idea of the Action is to federate scientists for coordinating efforts and regrouping knowledge and data on a single place (open access database) and define consensual baselines for inventorying rock glaciers and including kinematics information.

    Co-authors of this abstract have agreed to take part to the scientific core group of the Action in its initial stage.  Everyone is welcome to participate at the project and encouraged to apply at any time to the mailing list.

    The Action Group is chaired by Reynald Delaloye (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

    An international committee has been constituted in September 2019 at Workshop I to conduct the development of the activities related the “inventories” part of the Action Group (Task 1), namely:

    • Xavier Bodin (EDYTEM, France)
    • Francesco Brardinoni (University of Bologna, Italy)
    • Reynald Delaloye (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
    • Christophe Lambiel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
    • Shelley MacDonell (CEAZA, Chile)
    • Lucas Ruiz (IANIGLA, Argentina)

    The participation to this committee is open. If you want to join it, take contact with rockglacier-ipa@unifr.ch

  • Tasks

    During the kick-off meeting (EUCOP 5 Chamonix) attendees supported the proposal of structuring the Action Group activities into three main Tasks and subsequent Sub-Tasks as follows:

    Task 1 : Definition of widely accepted standard guidelines for inventorying (mapping) rock glaciers in mountain permafrost regions, including indications on the activity rate

    • Agreement of a “working” definition of rock glaciers (what do we want/need to inventory ?)
    • Standards of inventorying (definition of key attributes), e.g. point location, outlining, etc… -> Inventorying strategy
    • Practical guidelines for inventorying rock glaciers (e.g. also including the use of InSAR)

     

    Task 2 : Preparation of “products” which could serve for monitoring rock glacier kinematics as an associated parameter of the ECV (Essential Climate Variable) Permafrost

    • Promoting the use of satellite SAR interferometry, e.g. Sentinel-1 data, but more generally remote sensing data, for monitoring the rock glacier activity at a regional scale and define appropriate standards and guidelines
    • Integrate as far as possible local-scale monitoring data based on aerial and terrestrial geodetic surveys
    • Setting up of standard guidelines for selecting an appropriate number of rock glaciers per region that can be then used to assess temporal trends with decadal to intra-decadal time steps (product for ECV Permafrost)

     

    Task 3 : Operational development of a database / web platform

    • Initiating the development of a world-wide rock glacier database, including kinematics
    • Build up and manage a web platform for visualization and open data access
  • Timeline and activities

    The Action Group is active from mid-2018 to mid-2022. It was launched at EUCOP5 in Chamonix (France) in June 2018.

    Pre-workshop I took place in Chambéry (France) on 20 March 2019. Read more

    Workshop I held in Evolène (Switzerland) on 23-27 September 2019. Read more

    Workshop II will take place in Fribourg (Switzerland) on 11-13 February 2020. Read more

    The Action Group will close at EUCOP6 in Puigcerdà (Spain) in June 2022.

    Expected timeline of the IPA Action Group Rock glacier inventories and kinematics.

  • Documents

    Outcomes documents

    Standard guidelines for inventorying rock glaciers

    - Baseline concepts (V4.0) (17.01.2020)

     

    Ongoing work

    Rock glacier kinematics as an associated parameter of ECV Permafrost

    Comments to version 1.0  (06.02.2020)

    Version 1.0 (21.01.2020)

    Kinematics as an optional attribute of standardized rock glacier inventories

    Comments to version 1.0  (06.02.2020)

    Version 1.0 (21.01.2020)

     

    Working documents

    Standard guidelines for inventorying rock glaciers (baseline concepts) - working documents

    - Comments to version 3.0  (14.01.2020)

    - Working document, version 3.0 (19.11.2019)

    - Working document, version 2.0 (10.09.2019)

    - Comments to version 1.0 (06.09.2019)

    - Working document, version 1.0 (24.06.2019)

     

    Workshops

    Action Group Workshop I (Evolène – CH, 23-29.09.2019)

    - General outline

    Action Group Pre-Workshop (Chambery - F, 20.03.2019)

    - Minutes

    - Presentation X. Bodin

    - Presentation P. Pogliotti

    - Presentation R. Scotti & F. Brardinoni

    - Presentation F. Brardinoni & al.

    Action Group kick-off meeting (EUCOP 5, Chamonix - F, 28.06.2018)

    - Abstract

    - Presentation

    - Minutes

     

    Other

    -Timeline

News

Workshop 2

Workshop 2 was successfully held in Fribourg from 11 to 13 February. It has been a constructive and successful workshop. Thanks to all participants for their contribution!
The version 2.0 of the guidelines documents will be the result of discussions that took place during the Workshop II and are intended to be released at the end of March 2020.

 

 

Version 4.0 of the baseline concepts towards standard guidelines for inventorying rock glaciers on a global scale is now available online!

This final version (4.0) is providing the basis on which standard practical guidelines will be defined. It is submitted to your approval until 31 March 2020 via this online form. The approval list will be regularly updated in the online version.

Workshop 1

Workshop 1 was successfully held in Evolène from 23 to 27 September. It has been an intense, exciting and founding week for the Action Group. Thank you to all participants for their contribution!
The version 3.0 of the baseline document will be the result of discussions that took place during the Workshop and is intended to be released in early November 2019.

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