Permafrost Characterization and Mapping for Northern Alaska Final Report

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Permafrost is a unique characteristic of polar regions and high mountains and is fundamental to geomorphic processes and ecological development in permafrost-affected environments. Because permafrost impedes drainage and ice-rich permafrost settles upon thawing, degradation of permafrost in response to climate change will have large consequences for tundra and boreal ecosystems (Osterkamp 2005, Jorgenson and Osterkamp 2005, Shur and Osterkamp 2007, Jorgenson et al. 2010, 2013). Thawing permafrost affects surface hydrology by impounding water in subsiding areas and enhances drainage of upland areas. Changes in soil drainage alter soil carbon dynamics, habitats for vegetation and wildlife, and emissions of greenhouse gases (Ping et al. 2002, Grosse et al. 2011), but the magnitude of these changes is highly dependent on the type and amount of ground ice, surficial materials, and thaw-settlement characteristics (Shur 1977, 1988, Shur and Osterkamp 2007, Pullman et al. 2007, Jorgenson 2008a). Despite the critical importance of permafrost to ecosystem responses to climate change, permafrost characteristics of Alaska have been mapped in only generalized regional maps (Ferrians 1965, Jorgenson et al. 2008b), and site-level terrain unit maps for engineering design and impact assessments (Kreig and Reger 1982, Jorgenson et al. 2004). An intermediate-level map is needed to improve landscape-level assessments, regional climate impact modeling and prediction, and as an intermediate step toward developing a larger scale surficial geology/permafrost map for Alaska. In turn, progress in improving permafrost maps will depend on compilation and acquisition of field data that form the basis for photo-interpretation and spatial extrapolation

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Metadata Date 2019-09-09T03:18:16-08:00
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
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