Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-497-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-497-2020
Research article
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07 Feb 2020
Research article |  | 07 Feb 2020

Pan-Antarctic map of near-surface permafrost temperatures at 1 km2 scale

Jaroslav Obu, Sebastian Westermann, Gonçalo Vieira, Andrey Abramov, Megan Ruby Balks, Annett Bartsch, Filip Hrbáček, Andreas Kääb, and Miguel Ramos

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Little is known about permafrost in the Antarctic outside of the few research stations. We used a simple equilibrium permafrost model to estimate permafrost temperatures in the whole Antarctic. The lowest permafrost temperature on Earth is −36 °C in the Queen Elizabeth Range in the Transantarctic Mountains. Temperatures are commonly between −23 and −18 °C in mountainous areas rising above the Antarctic Ice Sheet, between −14 and −8 °C in coastal areas, and up to 0 °C on the Antarctic Peninsula.