Near-surface permafrost conditions from synthesis data, 1997-2016, Alaska

Wang, Kang; Irina, Overeem; Elchin, Jafarov; Gary, Clow; Vladimir, Romanovsky; Schaefer, Kevin; Clow, Gary; Urban, Frank; Cable, William; Piper, Mark; Schwalm, Christopher; Zhang, Tingjun; Kholodov, Alexander; Sousanes, Pamela; Loso, Michael; Hill, Kenneth

We compiled a near-surface permafrost temperature 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. The major vegetation types are tundra and boreal forest. The resulting dataset consists of monthly air and ground temperatures, volumetric water content, and snow depth during 1997 - 2016. Due to the remoteness and harsh conditions, many stations have missing data. Overall, this dataset consists of 41,667 monthly values.


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Kang Wang, Irina Overeem, Elchin Jafarov, Gary Clow, Vladimir Romanovsky, et al. 2018. A synthesis dataset of near-surface permafrost conditions for Alaska, 1997-2016. Arctic Data Center. doi:10.18739/A24X54G8D.


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Field Value
Identifier DOI:10.18739/A2KG55
Project(s) Towards a Tiered Permafrost Modeling Cyberinfrastructure (NSF 1503559, NASA NNX16AB19G)
Institute CSDMS, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
Publication Date 2018-04-04
Version 0.1
Product group
Product Near-surface Permafrost Temperature Dataset
Sensor monitoring stations
  • metadata XML
  • near-surface permafrost temperature Alaska CSV
  • near-surface permafrost temperature Alaska raw data CSV
Variables [Units]
  • Name: study location name
  • Code: data source (The first two digits indicate data sources, 99: U.S. Geological Survey data, 88: University of Alaska data, 77: National Park Services data. Next three digits indicate station identities.)
  • Lat: latitude of site
  • Lon:longitude of site
  • Year: year when measurement was taken [YYYY]
  • Month: month when measurement was taken
  • Snod: snow depth [m]
  • Tair: air temperature [°C]
  • Ts100cm: Ground temperature at 100cm [°C]
  • Ts75cm: Ground temperature at 75cm [°C]
  • Ts50cm: Ground temperature at 50cm [°C]
  • Ts25cm: Ground temperature at 25cm [°C]
  • Tsur: ground surface temperature [°C]
  • VWC_top: volumetric water content in upper layer (<25cm)
  • Variable: variable names (Tair: air temperature, Snod: snow depth, Tsur: Ground surface temperature, Ts25cm: Ground temperature at 25 cm, Ts50cm: Ground temperature at 50 cm, Ts75cm: Ground temperature at 75cm, Ts100cm: Ground temperature at 100cm, VWC_top: volumetric water content in upper layer (<25cm)).
  • Jan-Dec: 12 months, from January through December
Region Alaska
Spatial Reference
Spatial Resolution
Spatial Coverage Latitude 60.00 to 71.50, Longitude -141.00 to -165.00
Temporal Coverage 1997-09-01 to 2016-08-31
Temporal Resolution monthly
Format CSV
Is Supplement to Wang, K. , Jafarov, E. , Overeem, I. , Romanovsky, V. , Schaefer, K. , Clow, G. , Urban, F. , Cable, W. , Piper, M. , Schwalm, C. , Zhang, T. , Kholodov, A. , Sousanes, P. , Loso, M. and Hill, K. (2018): A synthesis dataset of permafrost-affected soil thermal conditions for Alaska, USA , Earth System Science Data, 10 (4), pp. 2311-2328 . doi: 10.5194/essd-10-2311-2018
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