Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Research article
20 May 2015
Research article |  | 20 May 2015

The influence of surface characteristics, topography and continentality on mountain permafrost in British Columbia

A. Hasler, M. Geertsema, V. Foord, S. Gruber, and J. Noetzli

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In this paper we describe surface and thermal offsets derived from distributed measurements at seven field sites in British Columbia. Key findings are i) a small variation of the surface offsets between surface types; ii) small thermal offsets at all sites; iii) a clear influence of the micro-topography due to snow cover effects; iv) a north--south difference of the surface offset of 4°C in vertical bedrock and of 1.5–-3°C on open gentle slopes; v) only small macroclimatic differences.