Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Research article
22 Jul 2021
Research article |  | 22 Jul 2021

Lateral thermokarst patterns in permafrost peat plateaus in northern Norway

Léo C. P. Martin, Jan Nitzbon, Johanna Scheer, Kjetil S. Aas, Trond Eiken, Moritz Langer, Simon Filhol, Bernd Etzelmüller, and Sebastian Westermann

Data sets

Research data for "Lateral thermokarst patterns in permafrost peat plateaus in northern Norway" Sebastian Westermann

Model code and software

CryoGrid/CryoGrid3: Model setup for representing lateral thermokarst in a peat plateau Léo C. P. Martin; Jan Nitzbon; Moritz Langer; Sebastian Westermann

Short summary
It is important to understand how permafrost landscapes respond to climate changes because their thaw can contribute to global warming. We investigate how a common permafrost morphology degrades using both field observations of the surface elevation and numerical modeling. We show that numerical models accounting for topographic changes related to permafrost degradation can reproduce the observed changes in nature and help us understand how parameters such as snow influence this phenomenon.