(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

The thermal state of permafrost in the Nordic area during the International Polar Year 2007-2009

published at : Special Issue : The international polar year

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CHRISTIANSEN H.H. (1 2) ; ETZELMÜLLER B. (2) ; ISAKSEN K. (3) ; JULIUSSEN H. (1) ; FARBROT H. (2) ; HUMLUM O. (1 2) ; JOHANSSON M. (4 5) ; INGEMAN-NIELSEN T. (6) ; KRISTENSEN L. (1) ; HJORT J. (7) ; HOLMLUND P. (8) ; SANNEL A.B.K. (8) ; SIGSGAARD C. (9) ; ÅKERMAN H.J. (4) ; FOGED N. (6) ; BLIKRA L.H. (10) ; PERNOSKY M.A. (11) ; ØDEGÅRD R.S. (12) ;
(1) Geology Dep., Univ. Centre in Svalbard, UNIS, NORVEGE
(2) Dep. of Geosciences, Univ., Oslo, NORVEGE
(3) Norwegian Meteorological Inst., NORVEGE
(4) GeoBiosphere Science Centre, Dep. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analyses, Univ., Lund, SUEDE
(5) Scientific Research Station, Abisko, SUEDE
(6) Dep. of Civil Engineering. The Technical Univ., DANEMARK
(7) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Helsinki, FINLANDE
(8) Dep. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Univ., Stockholm, SUEDE
(9) Dep. of Geography and Geology, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK
(10) International Centre for Geohazards, Åknes, NORVEGE
(11) Asiaq, Greenland Survey, Nuuk, GROENLAND
(12) Univ. College, Gjøvik, NORVEGE


This paper provides a snapshot of the permafrost thermal state in the Nordic area obtained during the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009. The AA. demonstrate for Scandinavia that both lowland permafrost in palsas and peat plateaus, and large areas of permafrost in the mountains are at temperatures close to 0°C, which makes them sensitive to climatic changes. In Svalbard and northeast Greenland, and also in the highest parts of the mountains in the rest of the Nordic area, the permafrost is somewhat colder, but still only a few degrees below the freezing point. These observations provide an important baseline to assess how future predicted climatic changes may affect the permafrost thermal state in the Nordic area


Thematical fascicle

published at : Permafrost and periglacial processes / ISSN 1045-6740 / CODEN PEPPED

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1990)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 21, no 2 [pp. 156-181]

Bibliographic references : 69 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.



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