This text contains the proceedings of the 22nd Annual Geomorphology Symposium, the primary aim of which was to highlight the considerable quantity and diversity of periglacial research being undertaken in Arctic and alpine environments by Canadian and American geomorphologists. Global climatic and accompanying environmental change represents a contemporary focus of research in the natural sciences. The periglacial environment is one of the regions of the world where such changes will undoubtedly have their greatest impact. The papers contained in this volume explore a variety of contemporary geomorphic processes and begin to examine some of the potential impacts of global change on the nature and extent of permafrost and seasonal ice phenomena. The papers presented here demonstrate continued progress in the understanding of periglacial processes in both alpine and Arctic environments and it is hoped that they will serve as stimulus for further research in cold climate geomorphology in North America, promoting new perspectives on, and new techniques within, the discipline.