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The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017)

Hokkaido University

Welcome to SapporoCity of Sapporo

The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017) will take place in Sapporo, Japan from July 2–6, 2017. Make sure you DO NOT miss this conference, which will be held on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Delegates will participate in state-of-the-art oral and poster presentations in the modern city of Sapporo (host of the 1972 Winter Olympics). Field trips will visit marginal and extrazonal mountain permafrost sites that support unique geo-eco-hydrological features. All aspects of frozen ground research will be covered, from needle ice to deep permafrost, from frozen ground engineering in cities to permafrost on volcanoes, and from links between frozen ground and ancient cultures to present-day outreach. Plan now to enjoy science and engineering, excellent food, and unique field trips in Sapporo in summer 2017!

Register now(10/25 Open)

(On or Before Mar. 31, 2017)
(On or After Apr. 1, 2017)
Member JPY 60,000 JPY 65,000
Student JPY 35,000 JPY 40,000

We will NOT accept on-site payment of registration fee.

Registration Fee includes half day trip and BBQ, 4th july, You need additional registration.

Accompanying person JPY 15,000 JPY 20,000

Registration Fee includes Ice Breaker, Half day trip, BBQ, Lunch ,and Coffee Break

Abstract submission guideline is available in this registeration page.

Key dates <updated!>

Late October 2016
Second Circular
Late October 2016
Registration and abstract submission start
31 December 2016
Deadline for abstract submission & application of travel grants for early career scientists
31 January 2017
Extended deadline for abstract submission & application of travel grants for early career scientists
February 2017
Acceptance of abstract and support for young researchers
March 2017
Deadline of Early Bird registration
10 April 2017
Extended deadline for Early Bird resisteration
2 June 2017
Final deadline of registeration (New registeration closed)

Program(Tentative) <updated!>

◇For Oral presentation:15 minutes
talk including discussion timePlease bring your own laptop computer.The proper connectors to the projectors are miniD-sub15 pins (VGA) or HDMI.*Please contact our staff in your room for the use of HDMI, or use of a PC.The set up size of the screen is 16:9 (can be arranged to 4:3).
◇For Poster Session;
Please refer the link file and be prepared a poster in accord with size.
  • 2 July 2 July Business Meeting (Click Here for the Detail), Ice breaker
  • 3 July AM : Opening, PM : Sessions
  • 4 July AM : Sessions, PM : half day trip & BBQ
  • 5 July AM : Sessions, PM : Sessions, Banquet
  • 6 July Closing
(Oral: 15min)
7/2Business Meeting ("Joint Workshop of IPA mapping initiative and ESA GlobPermafrost at ACOP“):
7/3Opening: 9:00-10:00
Plenary (Small-scale):
  • 1) 10:15-11:00
  • 2) 11:00-11:45
  • 3) 11:45-12:15
7/5Plenary (Engineering):
  • 1) 8:30-9:15
  • 2) 9:15-10:00
  • 3) 10:00-10:30
7/6Plenary (Large-scale):
  • 1) 9:00-9:45
  • 2) 9:45-10:15

Plenary Session <updated!>

3 July AM (after opening)

Theme: “Needle ice, Marginal permafrost and regional influences”

Dr. Tazio Strozzi, (Gamma Remote Sensing AG)

Dr. Strozzi has extensive experience in satellite and terrestrial radar interferometry for surface deformation monitoring in Arctic and Alpine regions (glaciers, landslides and periglacial processes). With a solid background in microwave theory and in snow and ice physics. Dr. Strozzi combines remote sensing investigations and fieldwork. Based at Gamma Remote Sensing in Switzerland, Dr. Strozzi works in research and consulting and collaborates in international projects.


Speaker: Dr. Norikazu Matsuoka (Tsukuba University)

Nori Matsuoka has monitored a variety of periglacial processes, including frost weathering rockfalls, frost heave, solifluction and ice-wedge cracking with thermal and hydrological conditions, over a 30-year period together with the history of data logging technology. The monitoring sites include the Japanese Alps (seasonal frost), Swiss Alps (warm permafrost), Svalbard (cold permafrost) and Antarctica (cold desert). He has also performed laboratory simulations on frost weathering, frost sorting and involution. He calls himself “solifrunner”, meaning a slow but steady runner with an experience of the longest race of 250 km, although his performance is subject to significant degradation like permafrost.


Speaker(young researcher contribution):
Dr. Kabir Rasouli, University of Calgary

Kabir Rasouli is finishing his PhD in physical geography at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has two Master’s degrees in hydrology and atmospheric science with solid research and work experience on different hydrometeorologic projects. His research interests include climate/vegetation/soil change impacts on cold regions hydrology; statistical and dynamical downscaling; and mountain hydrology. His current research interest is physically based modelling of cold regions hydrology including permafrost and frozen grounds to understand how sensitive water systems in mountainous and northern regions are to climate, vegetation, and soil changes.

5 July AM

Theme: “Frozen ground in human dimension & artificially ground freezing technology”

Dr. Arne Instanes (the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS))

Dr. Instanes has a wide background from research and consulting within the fields of geotechnical engineering and cold regions engineering. He is an adjunct professor at the University Centre in Svalbard and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (reorganized and renamed from "Bergen University college" since January 1, 2017). His major fields of work relate to: permafrost engineering and frozen ground engineering,
soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, cold regions field investigations, foundation engineering, slope stability analyses, and climate change impact assessments.


Dr. Hisao Izuta (SEIKEN Co., Ltd)

Dr. Hisao IZUTA has been working on mechanical behaviors of artificial frozen soil walls and effects of frost heave on adjacent underground structures at many tunnel construction sites utilizing artificial ground freezing technology. Currently he serves as Executive Managing Director of Ground Freezing Division of SEIKEN Co. Ltd., construction company, which established artificial ground freezing technology in Japan since 1960 and has accomplished 530 artificially ground freezing works in Japan and Southeast Asia.


Speaker(young researcher contribution):
Ms. Sonia Tomaskovicova, PhD candidate Technical University of Denmark

Ms. Tomaskovicova is a young researcher at the Arctic Technology Centre, Technical University of Denmark. Her research has been focusing on methods of informing permafrost thermal models with surface time lapse geoelectrical data, and on optimizing geoelectrical arrays for monitoring applications on permafrost. Besides her research, she teaches the future arctic engineers in Greenland and participates on geotechnical site investigations aiming at building a more sustainable infrastructure in Greenland.

6 July AM

Theme: “Deep permafrost and global influences”

Dr. Anna Liljedahl (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Dr. Liljedahl combines field measurements, numerical modeling and remote sensing to explore the storage and flow of water within the Arctic and subarctic landscapes. Her research often follows a system perspective, linking watershed-scale hydrology to permafrost, geomorphology, glaciers, vegetation, carbon and/or climate. Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, Liljedahl collaborates with colleagues active at Canadian and Russian sites, while she takes advantage of doing fieldwork in her own backyard.


Speaker(young researcher contribution):
Dr. Jens Strauss, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Doing field research in the most ground-ice-rich permafrost regions on both sides of the Bering Strait, Dr. Strauss combines Arctic expeditions and biogeochemical laboratory work to decipher the origin, condition, and amount of freeze-locked carbon stocks. He is based at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and focuses on quantitative and qualitative assessments of near-surface and deep organic matter pools in polar permafrost environments.

Proposed sessions and session description


Christiansen, H.H.1, Matsuoka, N.2
1 The University Center in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, 2 University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Keywords: Solifluction, patterned ground, glacier-permafrost interaction, planetary

The topics of this session include field, laboratory, remote-sensing and simulation studies on any kinds of periglacial processes and landforms that occur in mountain, polar and planetary environments.


Straus, J.1, Iwahana, G.2, Iijima, Y.3
1 Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany, 2 International Research Arctic Centre, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA, 3 Graduate School of Bioresources, Mie University, Tsu, Mie, Japan

Keywords: Ice wedges, thermokarst, active layer thickening, yedoma, degradation

Ice-rich permafrost sediments and ground ice bodies accumulated mainly in vast lowland areas of the high latitudes and altitudes. Caused by an enormous ground ice content (massive ice wedges and pore ice) connected with a high vulnerability to surface subsidence with subsequent landscape changes and thaw-vulnerable frozen organic matter, ground ice dynamics are supposed to have a key influence on the permafrost-climate feedback as well as on human-permafrost interaction (e.g., infrastructure, land-use).
In this session we seek contributions on ground-ice origin and dynamics of frost mounds (e.g., ice wedges, pingos, palsas), cryostratigraphy, climatic sensitivity, modelling, mapping, paleopedology, and paleoclimatic significance of ice-rich permafrost and their ground ice bodies including its degradation features (e.g. thermokarst depressions and thermoerosional valleys), summarizing the temporal and geographic range from the entire permafrost region.


Krautblatter, M.1, Ikeda, A.2
1 Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, 2 University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Keywords: Rock wall stability, rock glaciers, slope hazards

This session covers all aspects of mountain permafrost and related natural hazards. Permafrost warming has recently been investigated as a key control of increasing instability and accelerating deformation in bedrock slopes and sediment-covered slopes. Related hazards include elevated rock fall activity, large rock slope failures and rock-ice avalanches as well as enhanced solifluction, rock glacier creep and debris flow activity. Promising new methodologies include new surface and subsurface observation and monitoring techniques, analogue testing and thermal/mechanical modelling. We also invite research on processes taking longer than the period of our instrumental observation to bridge instrumental and short term information with the knowledge on long-term geomorphological development, from a seasonal to a Holocene time-scale.


Liljedahl, A.1, Hiyama, T.2, Park, H. 3
1 International Arctic Research Center, UAF, AK, USA, 2 Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, 3 JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Japan

Keywords: ecosystem change, taiga and tundra hydrology

Hydrology in the tundra and taiga environments form strong linkages to permafrost and ecology. This session centers on controls, distribution and changes of water from the pore space to pan-Arctic domains and through paleo to future time scales.


Bartsch, A.1, Sueyoshi, T.2
1 Division Data, Methods, Modeling, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Vienna, Austria, 2 National Institute of Polar Research, Japan

Keywords: Remote sensing, geophysics, mapping

Contributions which focus on the development of techniques for mapping permafrost directly and indirectly are invited. This includes e.g. geophysical surveying and remote sensing applications at all scales as well as utilization of such information and direct measurements for spatial distribution modeling of permafrost properties.


Schuur, E.1, Schaedel, C.1, Kotani, A.2
1,2 Department of Biological Science, Northern Arizona University, USA, 2 Department of Biosphere Resources Science, Nagoya University, Japan

Keywords: Permafrost thawing, CO2 and Methane balance, flux analyses, soil carbon and nutrients

Warming induced greenhouse gas release to the atmosphere from organic carbon stored in permafrost has the potential to affect regional and global climate through feedback processes. Contributions towards evaluation of the current status and future projection of permafrost carbon stocks, decomposability, model projections, carbon and nutrient cycling in permafrost, and topics related to the permafrost carbon feedback to climate change are welcome.


Dyck, Miles1, Watanabe, K.2
1 Department of Renewable Resources, Alberta University, Alberta, Canada, 2Mie University, Mie, Japan

Keywords: Mechanical, hydro and thermal regimes, vadoze zone, frost heave

​Soil water flow may be induced by temperature gradients established during soil freezing and thawing. Changes in soil mechanical and physical properties as well as microbial activity (e.g., soil carbon mineralization and nitrogen cycling) associated with coupled water flow and heat transport in freezing and thawing soils are basic agricultural and engineering concerns. Topics for this session include unfrozen water dynamics, hydraulic and thermal properties of frozen soil, frost heave, water and solute transport in frozen unsaturated soil, and snowmelt infiltration. We invite abstracts for presentations summarizing field, laboratory and modeling studies of vadose zone processes in frozen soils or during soil freezing/thawing.


Fujun, N.1, Kanie, S2
1 Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2 Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University

Keywords: Roads, pipelines, rail road, houses

Engineering design, construction and operation in areas impacted by frozen ground is beset with unique problems not encountered in the engineering practices of temperature areas. Especially, the world-wide permafrost degradation is now affecting infrastructures and threatens the structural and functional capacities. In this session, we welcome contributions related to engineering behaviors of frozen soils, latest thermodynamics and mechanical test methods and apparatuses, hydrothermal interactions between engineered structures and permafrost environment, design and construction of frozen ground engineering, problems and mitigation method, monitoring method and early warning system, more reliable computer modeling and prediction of both thermal and mechanical performance engineered infrastructures. Case studies of engineering in permafrost regions, seasonally frozen regions, along with artificial ground-freezing engineering are particular welcome and encouraged.


Marchenko, S.1, Etzelmüller, B.2, Ishikawa M.3
1 Geophysical Institute, UAF, Fairbanks, USA, 2 Department of Geoscience, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway , 3 Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Keywords: Tibet, Tien-shan, Altay, Mongol, Himalaya, NE-China, Siberia, Japan

Asia is one of the World’s largest regions that contains frozen ground. Permafrost and associated periglacial landforms are extensively present in Asia. Recent observations indicate a warming of frozen ground in many regions of Asia with a resulting degradation of ice-rich permafrost. In this session, we will focus on the frozen ground in Asia, the impact of climate change on ecosystems and society, regional variability, and changes in particular permafrost with respect to the feedback mechanisms between permafrost and other components of the cryosphere and how can we detect, quantify and model these interactions. We invite contributions across the interdisciplinary teams using ground-based and space borne techniques and methods, modelling tools advancing the monitoring of regional changes in the Asia.


Trombotto, D.1, Saito, K.2
1 Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias, Ambientales, Mendoza, Argentina, 2 JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan

Keywords: Stratigraphy, geochemistry, modelling

Soil, rock or organics that had been subjected to temperatures below 0°C for several consecutive years in the past belong to paleopermafrost, which has been relatively little studied, also whose role in the Quaternary landscapes formation is often unclear. Still, geological profiles serve as important indicators for paleoclimatic conditions providing valuable information on paleo-temperatures. Its participation in the distribution and extinction of species and the dynamics of paleo-human cultures is also unknown or unclear until now. Enhanced cryogenic activities can also be found at larger distance from the glaciations, suggesting desynchronization of permafrost in a large number of events. This session embraces presentations and discussions on different aspects, characteristics, extent and distribution of past permafrost and frozen ground, and their connections and feedback with climate and environments, through reconstruction, mapping, and modelling efforts, as well as field observations. Those contributions that explain vast past territories with paleopermafrost less understood until today, such as in Asian high altitude zones, submarine, and southern Hemisphere, which include New Zealand, Patagonia, Africa and the Andes, are welcome. The session is looking for contributions to help understanding accumulations of cryosediments under cryogenic conditions at different times like the Yedoma deposits in Russia, and also its implications in greenhouse gas concentrations or sedimentary characteristics in other regions of our planet.


Viera, G.1, Sawada, Y.2
1 Centre for Geographical Studies -IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 2Fukuyama City University,Fukuyama. Japan

Keywords: Ice caves, low altitude permafrost, needle ice, seasonal frost

Extrazonal permafrost refers to perennially frozen ground in areas outside the regional climate controlled permafrost zones. Typically showing a discontinuous or patchy spatial distribution, extrazonal permafrost and related phenomena, reflect the controls of specific conditions such as topography, ground materials and vegetation. Therefore, extrazonal phenomena such as ice caves or frozen taluses can be of high significance in areas where permafrost would normally be absent. They can even be associated with the development of ecological niches with highly adapted biological communities and can be case studies with wide interdisciplinary interest. Seasonally and sporadicaly frozen ground also shows a large spatial significance and the effects associated with freeze-thaw have long been key issues in several disciplines, such as geomorphology, vegetation science and ecology, but also for infrastructure engineering, mainly due to frost heave and frost shattering in mid-latitudes. The current session aims at bringing together scientists from different disciplines interested in extrazonal permafrost and seasonally frozen ground to present and discuss recent advances on their research.


Habeck, O.1, Takakura, H.2
1 Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2 Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Keywords: Tourism, indigenous culture

In the last few years, cultural and historical aspects of permafrost have received increased attention, but scholarship is very incomplete as of yet. We invite colleagues to identify gaps in scientific knowledge of the interconnection of permafrost and human livelihoods, and to contribute to a more nuanced understanding in these fields: history of permafrost research in Eurasia and North America; archaeological and historical records of human interaction with permafrost landscapes; present-day indigenous and non-indigenous land use in permafrost regions; perceptions and consequences of environmental change; rural and urban community strategies in response to permafrost dynamics.


Klene, A.1, Harada, K.2
1 Department of Geography, University of Montana, USA, 2 Miyagi University, Sendai, Japan

Keywords: Tourism, indigenous culture

This session will provide a forum for the presentation of past and future permafrost education and outreach activities. Contributions will focus on materials and activities designed for the general public (through a variety of media and outlets) in indigenous, rural, and urban communities, K-12 students, educators, and classroom or field courses for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, this session will offer a venue for papers on the history of permafrost research in Asia and the rest of the world.

Field trip <updated!>

ACOP2017 Pre-conference

PRE 1. Summit area of Daisetsu Mountains in HokkaidoDeadline for Application 31 May

Main topic: Mountain permafrost and extra-zonal permafrost in Daisetsu Mountains

The Daisetsu Mountains, composed of a number of andesitic volcanic cones higher than 2000 m ASL, are climatically characterized by low air temperature, huge amount of snowfalls and strong westerly window during winter. Mountain permafrost occur in wind-blown snow-free ground of the summit areas, and within open-work blocky materials in the low altitudes. The Japanese researchers have been monitoring the dynamics and climatic settings of the permafrost using borehole and meteorological observations. In this pre-conference field trip you may visit permafrost observation sites of high and low altitudes. This excursion will follow a mountain trails (8-9 hours walking) that cross Daisetsuzan National Park, the area referred to by the Ainu people as Kamui Mintara or the "the playground of the Gods (Bears)". We also visit the scree slopes with extra-zonal permafrost around Shikribetsu lake in eastern area of Daisetsu Mountains.

PRE 1. Summit area of Daisetsu Mountains in Hokkaido
Date 28 June – 1 July (4 days)
Start Sapporo station (14:00)
Finish Sapporo station evening
Leaders Dr. Mamoru Ishikawa
Cost 70,000JPY
Capacity 20(Minimum 10)
Details Download DOC (15KB)
PRE 2. Shikaribetsu lake in Daisetsu Mountains and Tokachi plainDeadline for Application 31 May

Main topic: Extra-zonal permafrost in Daisetsu Mountains, patterned ground (Earth hummocks)

Collapse of lava domes formed a number of scree slopes in lower part of Daisetsu mountains. These scree slopes has a unique geo-eco system fed by cold air spew out from interstices of blocks. This excursion will visit low altitudinal permafrost sites (2 hours walking) which is designated as geo-sites in Tokachi-Shikaoi geopark. We will also visit the site of earth hummocks, which is patterned ground formed both in permafrost and seasonal frost terrains, in near Obihiro City in Tokachi plain.

PRE 2. Shikaribetsu lake in Daisetsu Mountains and Tokachi plain
Date 30 June – 1 July (2 days)
Start Sapporo station 9:00
Finish Sapporo station evening
Leaders Dr. Toshio Sone
Cost 35,000JPY
Capacity 20(Minimum 10)
Details Download DOC (15KB)
PRE 3. Artificial frozen soil wall using freezing pipesDeadline for Application 31 May

Main topic: Artificial frozen soil wall in Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant

Artificially frozen grounds are powerful tools for civil engineering because they enhance greatly ground strength and reduce the risk of roof-fall accidents through excavation. Japan has considerable experiences of applying frozen ground to construction of roads and tunnels especially in the urban areas. Moreover frozen ground walls are operating in order to isolate the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plants from surrounding ground water environment, and the power plants have experienced severe damage, initiated primarily by the tsunami following the Tohoku earthquake on 11 March 2011. We offer two days pre-conference field trip to visit construction site of artificial ground freezing in Tokyo and the facilities of 1,500m long and 30m deep artificially frozen ground walls in Fukushima. During the tour in Fukishima you may be exposed to radiation of up to 0.1mSv, which is equivalent to X-ray radiography of your medical checkup.

Date 29 June – 1 July (3 days)
Start Hotel in Tokyo (any time at your convenience)
Finish Sapporo station evening
Leaders Dr. Satoshi Akagawa
Cost 85,000JPY (not Including transportation from Tokyo to Sapporo)
Capacity 12(Minimum 8)
Details 9842013282

ACOP2017 Post-conference

POST 1. Mt. Fuji trekkingDeadline for Application 31 May

Main topic: Mountain permafrost in highest peak in Japan

This post-conference field trip focuses on going up to the top of the most symbolic mountain in Japan to see volcanic surface conditions having permafrost. Unfortunately, the days of the conference are in the rainy season of the central island of Japan (Honshu). Thus, honestly speaking, only lucky persons will see the nice landscape, and many other persons will get wet and perhaps only see the ground surface materials because of fog. In addition, this trip is only for persons physically young because the attendees have to hike up and down between 2400 m asl. and 3776 m asl. within one day. The day after the climbing, we will visit a lava tunnel with ice (ice cave) and then look some volcanic features around the mountain.

Date 4 days (7 July – 10 July)
Start Sapporo station 9:00
Finish Tokyo 12:00
Leaders Dr. Atsushi Ikeda
Cost 85,000JPY
Capacity 15(Minimum10)
Details sconcheon
POST 2. Kamchatka peninsulaDeadline for Application 20 April

Main topic: Mountain permafrost, active volcanoes and ecosystems in Kamchatka

Kamchatka peninsula is designated a world heritage as "Volcanoes of Kamchatka", and it also situated near the southern limit of mountain permafrost. We offer a rare opportunity to visit the active volcanos decorated with periglacial landforms such as solifluction lobe, rock glaciers and polygons. The excursion will start at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PK), and will enter into wilderness area in heart of Kamchatka peninsula, where mountain permafrost spreads on volcanic gentle slopes. We also visit small native village of Esso and hot spring.

POST 2. Kamchatka peninsula
Date 10 days (7 July – 16 July)
Start New Chitose Airport (Sapporo)
Finish New Tokyo (Narita) airport (Tokyo)
Leaders Dr. Andrey Abramov
Cost 440,000JPY (including flights from Japan)
Capacity 15(Minimum 10)
Details 253-210-6804
POST3. MongoliaDeadline for Application 20 April

Main topic: Marginal permafrost as local ecosystem services

Permafrost in Mongolia, the southern boundary of the Siberian permafrost, predominantly occurs in the Altai, Khuvsgul, Khangai, and Khentii Mountains and their surroundings. Permafrost in this country directly sustains the livelihoods of inhabitants. For instance, the forests distribute mosaic-likely and overlap considerably with permafrost regions, and river discharges originate entirely from the high mountains and northern territory where permafrost occurs extensively. During the last several years over hundred permafrost monitoring sites were established along these Mountains in order to monitor permafrost dynamics. We organize post-conference field trip to the Khuvsgul and Khangai Mountains. The routes cross continuous, discontinuous and sporadic permafrost zones that cover diverse natural zones (forest, forest-Steppe and steppe). We also visit historical towns, singularities and beautiful national parks. The topics are permafrost features, permafrost engineering and interaction between marginal permafrost and local ecosystem services.

Date 7 days (9 July – 15 July) NOT include travel from Japan to Mongolia
Start Chinggis Khaan International Airport (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Finish Chinggis Khaan International Airport (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Leaders Dr. Jambaljav Ya, and Dr. Dashsteren A
Cost 220,000JPY (without flights from Japan)
Capacity 20(Minimum 10)
Details 708-358-0191


4 July
PM : Half day trip to suburbs of Sapporo (Select either Lake Shikotsu or Otaru city)
evening : BBQ party at Sapporo Beer Garden
5 July
evening : Banquet at HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Aspen

The participant of the half day trip does not need to confirm the BBQ party.


Hokkaido University Conference Hall.
Hokkaido University has a multi-purpose convention facility in campus,
located near Sapporo Station.
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Hokkaido UniversityConference Hall
Venue Layout Capacity
Main Hall (2F) 310
Small Hall (1F) 196
Conference Room 1 (1F) 150
Conference Room 2 (1F) 24
Conference Room 3 (1F) 50
Conference Room 4 (1F) 50
Conference Room 5 (1F) 10
Conference Room 6 (1F) 12
Exhibition/Posters Space (Foyer 1F) -


1.International Scientific Committee

  • Toni Lewkowicz (Canada)
  • Hanne Christiansen (Norway)
  • Sergey Marchenko (USA)
  • Jens Strauss (Germany)
  • Bernd Etzelmueller (Norway)
  • Otto Habeck (Germany)
  • Goncalo Vieira (Portugal)
  • Dario Trombotto (Argentine)
  • Annett Bartsch (Austria)
  • Anna Liljedahl (USA)
  • Michael Krautblatter (Germany)
  • Niu Fujun (China)
  • Philip Bonnaventure (Canada)
  • Christian Hauck (Switzerland)
  • Florence Magnin (France)
  • Anna Klene (USA)

2.Local Organizing Committee

  • Mamoru Ishikawa (Chair)
  • Norikazu Matsuoka (Vice Chair)
  • Iijima Yoshihiro (Vice Chair)
  • Atsuko Sugimoto (Hokkaido Univ.)
  • Atsushi Ikeda (Univ. Tsukuba)
  • Ayumi Kotani (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Hisao Izuta (SEIKEN Co., Ltd)
  • Kazuyuki Saito (JAMSTEC)
  • Koichiro Harada (Miyagi Univ.)
  • Kunio Watanabe (Mie Univ.)
  • Satoshi Akagawa (C.E.Lab.)
  • Sei'ichi Saito (Hokkaido Univ.)
  • Shunji Kanie (Hokkaido Univ.)
  • Tatsuya Watanabe (Kitami Inst. Tech.)
  • Tetsuo Sueyoshi (NIPR)
  • Toshio Sone (Hokkaido Univ.)
  • Yuji Kodama (NIPR)
  • Yuki Sawada (Fukuyama City Univ.)
  • Yuuki Komata (Hokkaido Univ.)
  • Minoru Tokunaga (JTB Hokkaido)

3.Extended Local Organizing Committee

  • Andrey Abramov (Russia)
  • Hui Jun (China)
  • Avirmed Dashtseren (Mongolia)
  • Yamkhin Jambaljav (Mongolia)

Travel Grants Information

Application ProceduresTravel Grants for Early Career Scientists

Travel Grants Information

The ACOP 2017 LOC will provide travel grants up to 150,000 JPY for early career scientists to attend the ACOP 2017.
Applicants must be first author on a presentation at the ACOP 2017.
Eligible for the grants is early career scientists up to six years after completion of PhD, including master’s course and PhD students.
Applicants need to submit a copy of a document (e.g. doctoral diploma, student identification card) showing the eligible for the grants, and also a current CV including any previous awards/grants, conference presentations and publications.
Applicants must pay his/her own meeting registration fee.
If offered a travel grant, he/she must purchase their own flight ticket and provide their transportation receipt as proof of attendance.
The ACOP 2017 LOC will be responsible for the selection in case there are many applications.
The selection may be implemented in two steps because the amount of grant money may increase.
We will announce the first result by February 28, 2017 and the second one by May 31, 2017.

How to Apply
・Send the application form to (309) 454-9991 with files as listed below.

a) A copy of doctoral diploma or student identification card.

b) Current CV including any previous awards/grants, conference presentation and publications.

Deadline of Application
23:59 of Dec. 31, 2016, Japan Standard Time (GMT+9)

Please note that application forms submitted after the deadline is not accepted for any reason.

Useful Information

Hokkaido Travel Guide

Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaidō) is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.
With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.

15- 26 deg. Celsius, 81 mm rainfall / July
100V, plug type A (same as in the US)
JPY (yen)
no need
Time zone
Sapporo is a safe city; in terms of security it is comparable to other European capitals.


Coming to Sapporo [How to get to Sapporo]

By Plane

Given the travel time, it's best to come to Sapporo by a speedy plane. New Chitose Airport, the gateway to Hokkaido, is linked with major cities across the country and boasts a wide range of facilities. Accessing Sapporo City from the airport is also easy with many options.

New Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport, located approximately 45 kilometers from the Sapporo city center, is Hokkaido’s largest airport, connected by direct flights to 30 cities in Japan. The airport is used by 17 million people annually, making it the third busiest airport in Japan. Notably, the number of passengers on the Tokyo (Haneda)–Sapporo (New Chitose) route exceeds 9 million annually, making it one of the world's busiest routes. The airport serves an important role as the gateway to Hokkaido. The airport terminal is home to the “Hokkaido Showroom,” featuring an assortment of stores selling produce, gourmet foods, and sweets from all over Hokkaido. The airport also has a natural hot spring, a theater, and a theme park; even those not catching a flight can have a good time!

Address Bibi, Chitose City, Hokkaido
Open New Chitose Airport, located approximately 45 kilometers from the Sapporo city center, is Hokkaido’s largest airport, connected by direct flights to 30 cities in Japan. The airport is used by 17 million people annually, making it the third busiest airport in Japan. Notably, the number of passengers on the Tokyo (Haneda)–Sapporo (New Chitose) route exceeds 9 million annually, making it one of the world's busiest routes. The airport serves an important role as the gateway to Hokkaido.
The airport terminal is home to the “Hokkaido Showroom,” featuring an assortment of stores selling produce, gourmet foods, and sweets from all over Hokkaido. The airport also has a natural hot spring, a theater, and a theme park; even those not catching a flight can have a good time!Bibi, Chitose City, Hokkaido
Holidays None
Parking Fee required
Telephone 0123-23-1111
Travel time
from major
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) / Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
Narita International Airport / Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
Chubu International Airport / Approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes
Kansai International Airport / Approximately 2 hours
Fukuoka Airport / Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes
Naha Airport / Approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes
Direct flights
from foreign
Incheon International Airport (South Korea / Seoul)
Gimhae International Airport (South Korea / Busan)
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (Taiwan / Taipei)
Beijing Capital International Airport (China / Beijing)
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China / Shanghai)
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (China / Dalian)
Hong Kong International Airport (China / Hong Kong)
Guam International Airport (USA / Guam)
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (Russia / Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
Honolulu International Airport (USA / Hawaii)
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand / Bangkok)
Domestic airlines
General information center / information center

General information centers and information centers are located on the first, second, and third floors of both the international and domestic terminals. These centers can provide airport guidance, arrival and departure information, transportation guidance, and hotel information and bookings, etc.

From New Chitose Airport to Sapporo City
By railway (JR)
JR is the fastest means of transportation to Sapporo City. The Rapid Airport to Sapporo runs approximately every 15 minutes (except early morning and late night) from after 8:00 to after 22:00, and takes passengers from the airport to Sapporo Station the quickest in just 36 minutes. If traveling prior to 8:00, you can take a local train bound for Sapporo. JR Hokkaido New Chitose Airport Station is directly connected with the first floor basement of the airport terminal building.
New Chitose Airport–Sapporo Station
Time required Approximately 36 minutes
Charges One way ¥1,070
* Reserved seat +Â¥520 * Half price for children
* In addition to tickets purchased at ticket vending machines, you can also use smart cards such as
“Kitaca,” “Suica,” and “PASMO.”
JR General Information Center / Foreigner Guidance Desk

In addition to the JR General Information Center, there is also a Foreigner Guidance Desk within New Chitose Airport Station which provides guidance and support in English, Korean, and Chinese.

By bus
Chuo Bus and Hokuto Kotsu Bus operate services from the airport to Sapporo City departing every 10–15 minutes. The bus takes approximately 70 minutes to arrive in central Sapporo. There are bus terminals at two locations on the first floor of the domestic terminal and at one location on the first floor of the international terminal. Tickets can be purchased at the bus counter or from ticket vending machines and used for buses from both companies. There are also special deals such as round trip tickets and coupon tickets.
New Chitose Airport–Sapporo Station
Time required Approximately 70 minutes
Charges One way ¥1,030
* Children ¥520
* In addition to tickets purchased at ticket vending machines, you can also use smart cards such as
“Kitaka,” “Suika,” and “PASMO.”
Boarding location [Domestic terminal]
Chuo Bus counter (first floor, JAL arrival lobby)
Hokuto Kotsu Bus counter (first floor, ANA arrival lobby)
[International terminal]
Transportation Information Counter (first floor lobby)
By rental car
Renting a vehicle may be an attractive option if you want to enjoy driving in Hokkaido. Sapporo City is located approximately 45 kilometers from New Chitose Airport and takes around 60 minutes by car (using the expressway). Rental car company counters are located on the first floor of the domestic terminal. Rental car guidance is provided at the Transportation Information Counter in the international terminal. * Please contact the rental car company for inquiries regarding rental fees and bookings, etc.
By taxi
There are taxi stands in two locations outside the domestic terminal exits and at one location outside the international terminal exit, where taxis are waiting at all times. The trip from New Chitose Airport to JR Sapporo Station takes around 60 minutes by car and will cost around 10,000–13,000 yen depending on the traffic conditions (a separate expressway fee is required). Some taxi companies also offer a fixed-price service to Sapporo city beginning from ¥7,000 (booking and a separate expressway fee are required)
Sapporo Okadama Airport

Sapporo Okadama Airport is located within the Sapporo city. Hokkaido Air System (HAC) currently operates routes that connect Sapporo with Hakodate, Kushiro, Rishiri, and Misawa. The airport is about a 20-minute drive from central Sapporo. Bus and subway access is good and the airport is convenient for fast transit.

Travel time
required from
each airport
Hakodate Airport, approximately 40 minutes
Kushiro Airport, approximately 45 minutes
Rishiri Airport, approximately 60 minutes
Misawa Airport (Aomori), approximately 60minutes

By Bus

Long-distance inter-city bus is also convenient when heading from major cities in Hokkaido to Sapporo. Many long-distance buses link Sapporo with major cities. The appeal of bus travel lies in the cheap fares compared to other methods of transportation and the ability to arrive in central Sapporo without having to transit.