Articles | Volume 17, issue 10
Brief communication
09 Oct 2023
Brief communication |  | 09 Oct 2023

Brief communication: Comparison of the performance of thermistors and digital temperature sensors in a mountain permafrost borehole

Lars Widmer, Marcia Phillips, and Chasper Buchli

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Cited articles

Haberkorn, A., Kenner, R., Noetzli, J., and Phillips, M.: Changes in Ground Temperature and Dynamics in Mountain Permafrost in the Swiss Alps, Front. Earth Sci., 9, 626686,, 2021. 
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Luethi, R. and Phillips, M.: Challenges and solutions for long-term permafrost borehole temperature monitoring and data interpretation, Geogr. Helv., 71, 121–131,, 2016. 
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Long-term temperature measurements are challenging to carry out in mountain-permafrost boreholes. The widely used resistance thermistors are highly accurate but prone to drift when they are exposed to moisture, or the cable connecting them is stretched. We explore the possibility of supplementing them with digital sensors and analyse the performance of both systems at 15 depths in the same mountain-permafrost borehole.