Seasonal progression of active-layer thickness dependent on microrelief.

Kutzbach, Lars, Stoof, Günter, Schneider, Waldemar, Wille, Christian and Abramova, Ekaterina N. (2004) Seasonal progression of active-layer thickness dependent on microrelief. Open Access In: Expeditions in Siberia in 2003. , ed. by Schirrmeister, Lutz. Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung = Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 489 . AWI, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, pp. 34-38.

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Active-layer thickness is a major factor for all physical and biological processes in permafrost soils. It is closely related to the fluxes of energy, water and carbon between permafrost landscapes and the atmosphere. Active-layer thickness is mainly driven by air temperature, but also influenced by snow cover, summer rainfall, soil properties and vegetation characteristics (Nelson et al., 1998). The typical polygonal tundra of the Lena Delta is characterised by a pronounced microrelief, which causes a high small-scale heterogeneity of soil and vegetation properties. Consequently, also the active-layer thickness varies substantially across small lateral distances of decimetres to metres. In order to up-scale results of process studies to the landscape scale, a quantification of the heterogeneity of active-layer thickness is of great interest.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Samoylov Island; Active layer; Permafrost
Research affiliation: HGF-AWI
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Publisher: AWI, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Projects: Laptev Sea System, Permafrost
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 14:17

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