Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 12, 2667–2688, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2667–2688, 2018
Research article
16 Aug 2018
Research article | 16 Aug 2018

Characteristics and fate of isolated permafrost patches in coastal Labrador, Canada

Robert G. Way et al.

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Isolated patches of permafrost in southeast Labrador are among the southernmost lowland permafrost features in Canada. Local characteristics at six sites were investigated from Cartwright, NL (~ 54° N) to Blanc-Sablon, QC (~ 51° N). Annual ground temperatures varied from −0.7 °C to −2.3 °C with permafrost thicknesses of 1.7–12 m. Ground temperatures modelled for two sites showed permafrost disappearing at the southern site by 2060 and persistence beyond 2100 at the northern site only for RCP2.6.