A synthesis dataset of permafrost-affected soil thermal conditions for Alaska, USA Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Recent observations of near-surface soil temperatures over the circumpolar Arctic show accelerated warming of permafrost-affected soils. A comprehensive near-surface permafrost temperature dataset is critical to better understand climate impacts and to constrain permafrost thermal conditions and spatial distribution in land system models. We compiled a soil temperatures dataset from 72 monitoring stations in Alaska using data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks permafrost monitoring networks. The array of monitoring stations spans a large range of latitudes from 60.9° N to 71.3° N and elevations from near sea level to 1327 m, comprising tundra and boreal forest regions. This dataset consists of monthly ground temperatures at depth up to 1 m, volumetric soil water content, snow depth, and air temperature during 1997–2016. Due to the remoteness and harsh conditions, many stations have missing data. Overall, this dataset consists of 41,667 monthly values. These data have been quality controlled in collection and processing. Meanwhile, we implemented data harmonization validation for the processed dataset. The final product (PF-AK, v0.1) is available at the Arctic Data Center (https://doi.org/10.18739/A2KG55).;

publication date

  • May 9, 2018

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  • November 8, 2020 4:05 AM

Full Author List

  • Wang K; Jafarov E; Schaefer K; Overeem I; Romanovsky V; Clow G; Urban F; Cable W; Piper M; Schwalm C

author count

  • 15

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