Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Research article
03 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 03 Jan 2022

Assessing volumetric change distributions and scaling relations of retrogressive thaw slumps across the Arctic

Philipp Bernhard, Simon Zwieback, Nora Bergner, and Irena Hajnsek

Related authors

Accelerated mobilization of organic carbon from retrogressive thaw slumps on the northern Taymyr Peninsula
Philipp Bernhard, Simon Zwieback, and Irena Hajnsek
The Cryosphere, 16, 2819–2835,,, 2022
Short summary

Related subject area

Discipline: Frozen ground | Subject: Remote Sensing
Contribution of ground ice melting to the expansion of Selin Co (lake) on the Tibetan Plateau
Lingxiao Wang, Lin Zhao, Huayun Zhou, Shibo Liu, Erji Du, Defu Zou, Guangyue Liu, Yao Xiao, Guojie Hu, Chong Wang, Zhe Sun, Zhibin Li, Yongping Qiao, Tonghua Wu, Chengye Li, and Xubing Li
The Cryosphere, 16, 2745–2767,,, 2022
Short summary
Incorporating InSAR kinematics into rock glacier inventories: insights from 11 regions worldwide
Aldo Bertone, Chloé Barboux, Xavier Bodin, Tobias Bolch, Francesco Brardinoni, Rafael Caduff, Hanne H. Christiansen, Margaret M. Darrow, Reynald Delaloye, Bernd Etzelmüller, Ole Humlum, Christophe Lambiel, Karianne S. Lilleøren, Volkmar Mair, Gabriel Pellegrinon, Line Rouyet, Lucas Ruiz, and Tazio Strozzi
The Cryosphere, 16, 2769–2792,,, 2022
Short summary
Bedfast and Floating Ice Dynamics of Thermokarst Lakes Using a Temporal Deep Learning Mapping Approach: Case Study of the Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada
Maria Shaposhnikova, Claude R. Duguay, and Pascale Roy-Léveillée
EGUsphere,,, 2022
Short summary
Top-of-permafrost ground ice indicated by remotely sensed late-season subsidence
Simon Zwieback and Franz J. Meyer
The Cryosphere, 15, 2041–2055,,, 2021
Short summary
Inventory and changes of rock glacier creep speeds in Ile Alatau and Kungöy Ala-Too, northern Tien Shan, since the 1950s
Andreas Kääb, Tazio Strozzi, Tobias Bolch, Rafael Caduff, Håkon Trefall, Markus Stoffel, and Alexander Kokarev
The Cryosphere, 15, 927–949,,, 2021
Short summary

Cited articles

Bachmann, M., Borla Tridon, D., Martone, M., Sica, F., Buckreuss, S., and Zink, M.: How to update a global DEM – acquisition concepts for TanDEM-X and Tandem-L, in: Proceedings of the European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, Aachen, Germany, 4–7 June 2018, 1–5, 2018. a
Bak, P. and Tang, C.: Earthquakes as a self-organized critical phenomenon, J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 94, 15635–15637, 1989. a
Balser, A. W., Jones, J. B., and Gens, R.: Timing of retrogressive thaw slump initiation in the Noatak Basin, northwest Alaska, USA, J. Geophys. Res.-Earth, 119, 1106–1120,, 2014. a
Bennett, G., Molnar, P., Eisenbeiss, H., and McArdell, B.: Erosional power in the Swiss Alps: characterization of slope failure in the Illgraben, Earth Surf. Proc. Land., 37, 1627–1640,, 2012. a
Bernhard, P.: Dataset for Assessing volumetric change distributions and scaling relations of thaw slumps across the Arctic, ETH Zurich [data set],, 2021. a
Short summary
We present an investigation of retrogressive thaw slumps in 10 study sites across the Arctic. These slumps have major impacts on hydrology and ecosystems and can also reinforce climate change by the mobilization of carbon. Using time series of digital elevation models, we found that thaw slump change rates follow a specific type of distribution that is known from landslides in more temperate landscapes and that the 2D area change is strongly related to the 3D volumetric change.