Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Research article
25 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 25 Oct 2016

Scaling-up permafrost thermal measurements in western Alaska using an ecotype approach

William L. Cable, Vladimir E. Romanovsky, and M. Torre Jorgenson

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Permafrost temperatures in Alaska are increasing, yet in many areas we lack data needed to assess future changes and potential risks. In this paper we show that classifying the landscape into landcover types is an effective way to scale up permafrost temperature data collected from field monitoring sites. Based on these results, a map of mean annual ground temperature ranges at 1 m depth was produced. The map should be useful for land use decision making and identifying potential risk areas.