Thermal State of Permafrost
Principal Investigator: Siegfried, Dian (2)
Licence Number: 15864
Organization: University of Alaska
Licenced Year(s): 2016 2013 2010
Issued: Apr 12, 2016
Project Team: Vladimir Romanovsky (Principle Investigator), William Cable (Research Engineer)

Objective(s): To continue an ongoing long-term monitoring of permafrost temperatures on Banks Island and Mould Bay.

Project Description: The objective of this project is to continue an ongoing long-term monitoring of permafrost temperatures on Banks Island and Mould Bay. At these sites the research team have lost remote (satellite) communication and need to make repairs to continue receiving data.

The research team are currently monitoring active layer and permafrost temperatures, active layer soil moisture, air temperature, and snow depth at this site using a datalogger and sensors. In August, 2010 the research team visited the sites and installed additional temperature sensors at 1.5, 2.0, and 3.0 meters below the surface. Previously the deepest measurements were 1 meter below the surface. Additionally during the August, 2010 visit an Iridium transceiver was installed that now enables the team to collect the data remotely once per week. The data can be viewed online by visiting the webpage for this site (Banks Island, http://permafrost.gi.alaska.edu/site/bis; Mould Bay, http://permafrost.gi.alaska.edu/site/mob).

The results (data) from these sites will be publicly available via the website. The page for Banks Island is, http://permafrost.gi.alaska.edu/site/bis and the page for Mould Bay is, http://permafrost.gi.alaska.edu/site/mob. Currently near real-time data from the sites can be viewed by clicking on the real-time data link at the top of the page.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016.