(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Advances in thermokarst research

published at : Transactions of the International Permafrost Association

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KOKELJ S.V. (1) ; JORGENSON M.T. (2) ;
(1) Northwest Territories, Geoscience Office, Yellowknife, CANADA
(2) Alaska Ecoscience, Fairbanks, ETATS-UNIS


The AA. review the literature that has contributed to our understanding of patterns, processes and feedbacks, and the environmental consequences of thermokarst, focusing on hillslope, thaw lake and wetland processes. Advances in remote sensing techniques, and their application in a broad suite of change detection studies, indicate recent increases in the rates and magnitude of thermokarst. Field-based studies and modelling have enhanced the knowledge of processes and feedbacks associated with warming permafrost, changes in talik geometry and accelerated thaw slump activity, and thaw lake expansion. Thermokarst research provides an important context for studying the environmental implications of permafrost degradation. Investigation of the interactions between thermokarst and hydrologic and ecological processes has improved knowledge of the feedbacks that accelerate change or lead to stabilisation in terrestrial and thaw lake environments. Finally, the influence of permafrost thaw on soil carbon dynamics will be an important focus of thermokarst research because of feedbacks with the global climate system


Thematical fascicle

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

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 24, no 2 [pp. 108-119]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/ppp.1779

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