Dr. Inga Beck (nee May)

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Inga Beck was a PostDoc Researcher at the GIScience Research Group of the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University until June 2016.

Research interests
  • Permafrost
  • Climate change in arctic regions
  • Remote Sensing
  • Differential Interferometry
  • Hydrology

PermaSAR – Entwicklung einer Methode zur Detektion von Subsidence in Permafrostgebieten mit D-InSAR

Curriculum vitae
  • Since November 2015: Member of the Heidelberg Centre of Environment (HCE)
  • Since April 2015: PostDoc at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg (Project: PermaSAR) in cooperation with Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Zentrum for Polar and Marine Research
  • September 2014 – April 2015: Maternity leave
  • 2014 PostDoc at Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Zentrum for Polar and Marine Research (Project: Page 21)
  • 2012-2013 Executive Director of the International Permafrost Association
  • 2008-2011 PhD student at Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich and Institut national de la recherché scientifique. Title of Dissertation: ‘Using in-field and remote sensing data to monitor permafrost dynamics in Northern Quebec’. (magna cum laude)
  • 2003-2008 Study of physical Geography at Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich; minor subjects: meteorology, remote sensing, hydrology
  • 2015 Finalist of the GEO Stipend 2015
  • 2012 First Price: ’Intelligible Science’ 2012 of the Helmholtz-Centre , Germany
  • 2011 Doctoral Student Research Award (For scientific work in Canada)
  • 2010 Best Poster Award at ArcticNet Konferenz
  • 2010 and 2011‘Prix pour communication orale dans un congrès international’
  • 2009 - 2011 Sponsorship ‘excellent women in geography’ of the University of Munich
Books and Book chapters
  • Xavier, J. C., Fugmann, G., Beck,I., Huffman, L. & Jensen, E. (2015):Education on biodiversity of the polar regions. In Castro, P., Azeiteiro, U.M., Bacelar Nicolau, P., Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M. Biodiversity’s and Education for Sustainable Development (Eds.) in the series Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit - Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability, Peter Lang. Peter Lang GmbH International Academic PublishersFrankfurt am Main. in print.
  • Lehmann, R., May, I.: Themenheft Erdkunde. Landschaftszonen der Erde entdecken. Polargebiete. Verlag an der Ruhr.
Selected Journal papers
  • Beck, I., Ludwig, R., Bernier, R., Strozzi, T., Boike, J. (2015): Vertical movements of frost mounds in sub-Arctic permafrost regions analyzed using geodetic survey and satellite interferometry. Earth Surface Dynamics, Vol. 3, pp. 409-421, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-3-409-2015
  • Beck, I., Ludwig, R., Bernier, R., Levesque, E., Boike, J. (2015): Assessing permafrost degradation and land cover changes (1986-2009) using remote sensing data, Umiujaq, sub-Arctic Quebec. In: Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, Vol. 26, pp.129-141, DOI:10.1002/ppp.1839
  • Beck, I., Huffman, L., Xavier, J. Walton, D. (2014): Education and Polar Research: Connecting Polar Scientists and Classroom Teachers can boost learning. In: Journal of Geological Resource and Engineering, 2, 4.
  • Walton, D., Xavier, J., May, I., Huffman L. (2013): Guest Editorial. Polar Educators International – a new initiative for schools. In: Antarctic Science. 25, 4, 473 -473 pp.
  • May, I., Hubberten, H.-W., Lewkowicz, A. (2012): Report from the International Permafrost Association: Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP) in Salekhard (2012). In: Permafrost and Periglacial Procsses. Vol. 23. 4, pp. 342-345..
  • May, I., Ludwig, R. and Bernier, M. (2011): Using TerraSAR-X imagery for the monitoring of permafrost dynamics in Northern Quebec, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Available at: http://sss.terrasar-x.dlr.de/
  • Lantuit, H. and May, I. (2011): Report from the International Permafrost Association. In: Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. Vol 22. 4, pp 390-391
  • Ludwig, R., May, I., Turcotte, R., Vescovi, L., Braun, M., Cyr, J.-F., Fortin, L.-G., Chaumont, D., Biner, S., Chartier, I., Caya, D,. and Mauser, W. (2009): The role of hydrological model complexity and uncertainty in climate change impact assessment, Adv. Geosci., 63.71, Proceeding.
  • Vescovi, L., Chaumont, D., Ludwig, R., Braun, M., May, I., Mauser, W., Cyr, J.-F., Turcotte, R. and Fortin, L.-G. (2009): A Multi Model Experiment to Assess and Cope with Climate Change Impacts on the Châteauguay Watershed in Southern Québec, The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme 2009.
Invited talks
  • May, I. (2014): politics, northern communities and outreach. EUCOP Conference, Evora, Portugal, talk.
  • May, I. (2013): Permafrost and the International Permafrost Association. Snow World Forum. Novosibirsk, Russia, talk.
  • May, I. (2012): Education and Outreach in Polar Sciences. IPY Conference, Montreal, Canada. Abstract, talk.
  • May, I. and Sinclair, K. (2011): Geosciences and the Future of Planet Earth: Perspectives from the Cryospheric Sciences , IUGG Conference, Melbourne, Australia, talk.
Selected conference contributions
  • May, I. (2013): Permafrost and the International Permafrost Association. Snow World Forum. Novosibirsk, Russia, talk.
  • May, I., Ludwig, R., Bernier, M (2012): Permafrost Decline and Land Cover Changes (1986 – 2009) in Umiujaq, Northern Quebec, Observed Using High-Resolution Remote Sensing Data. IPY Conference, Montreal, Canada. Abstract, talk.
  • May, I., Ludwig and R., Bernier, M. (2011): Using TerraSAR-X imagery for the monitoring of small-scaled permafrost dynamics in Northern Quebec, Arctic Science Summit Week, Seoul Korea, talk.
  • May, I., Kim, J. S., Spannraft, K., Ludwig, R., Hainsek, I., Bernier, M. and Allard, M. (2010): Using in-field and D-InSar-techniques for the monitoring of small-scale permafrost dynamics in Northern Québec, Canada, IPY Science Conference, Oslo, Norway, talk.
  • May, I., Ludwig, R. and Bernier, M. (2010): Using land - and snow cover as indicators for permafrost distribution, ArcticNet conference, Ottawa, Canada, Abstract, poster.
  • May, I., Ludwig, R., Bernier, M. and Allard, M. (2009): Using Remote Sensing for Monitoring of Snow Cover Dynamics and Permafrost Decline, ArcticNet conference, Victoria, Canada, poster.
Education experience
  • Supervision of several Bachelor-, Master- and Diploma thesis
  • Excercise course: Introduction in physical geography
  • Excercise course: Environmental Management
  • Proseminar Hydrology
  • Proseminar Climatology
  • Field course: physical geography
  • Several field trips in the German Alps and Prealps
Other functions and activities

April 2015 Organization of the 4th Polar Educators International workshop in Hannover, Germany

Since January 2015 Member of the APECS Organizational Review Committee

Since July 2014 Member of Steering Committee ICARP III (International Conference on Arctic Research Planning

Since May 2014 Member of Scientific Committee: Arctic Frontier Conference 2015

Since April 2013 Ambassador of the UK Program ‘Education through Expeditions’

March 2013 Organization of the 3rd Polar Educators International workshop in Coimbra, Portugal

Since fall 2012 Member of the Global Advisory Group of Polar Educators International

Since fall 2012 Ex-Officio of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) 2012 Invited mentor for the APECS workshop for the session about ‘Education and Outreach’

2010/ 2011 Vice-President of PYRN (Permafrost Young Researchers Network

Since 2010 Contact for the German project ‘Coole Klassen’ (Interface between teachers and science)

2010 Organization and implementation of a workshop at a local school in Umiujaq, Canada

2009 - 2012 Active involvement of the ‘Education and Outreach’ activities of the ‘International Polar Year’

Since 2008 Active member of APECS

2010 - 2012: Member of APECS Council

2008 – 2010 International Representative of ASA (ArcticNet Student Association

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