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Active Layer Thickness across Alaska

Map of active layer thickness in Alaska.

Model-simulated 1 km mean active layer thickness (ALT) map from 2001 to 2015. Black dots are locations of circumpolar active layer monitoring (CALM) sites used for comparison of observed ALT to modeled ALT. CALM data are not provided. The areas with ALT greater than 300 cm depth are shown in dark gray.

MODIS and SMAP satellite data were used to derive estimates of active layer thickness and uncertainty.

Tracking Permafrost with P-band SAR

AirMOSS Radar Swaths

AirMOSS radar swaths flown in 2014 and 2015 in Alaska. In situ soil moisture and temperature profile measurements were obtained at the CALM (Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring) and the UAF GIPL (Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory, University of Alaska Fairbanks) sites and used to validate AirMOSS data products.

Airborne Microwave Observatory of Subcanopy and Subsurface (AirMOSS) radar data from Alaska are used to derive estimates of active layer thickness. Data from flights in 2014 and 2015 are now available.

Soil Temperature Profiles for Interior Alaska

USArray measurement sites

USArray measurement sites in Alaska. Sites are labeled with site ID and maximum measurement depth and color-coded by mean annual ground temperature (MAGT in degrees C) of the deepest sensor measurements. Data are omitted for sites disrupted by bears.

Soil temperature data were collected at Alaskan USArray seismic monitoring sites from 2016-2018.