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Fire impacts on permafrost in Alaska: Geophysical and other field data collected in 2015

January 27, 2021

Fire can be a significant driver of permafrost change in boreal landscapes, altering the availability of soil carbon and nutrients that have important implications for future climate and ecological succession. However, not all landscapes are equally susceptible to fire-induced change. As fire frequency is expected to increase in the high latitudes, methods to understand the vulnerability and resilience of different landscapes to permafrost degradation are needed. Geophysical and other field observations reveal details of both near-surface (less than 1 m) and deeper (greater than 1 m) impacts of fire on permafrost along 14 transects that span burned-unburned boundaries in different landscape settings within interior Alaska. Data collected along the 14 transect locations include: electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), downhole nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), active layer thickness (ALT), organic layer thickness (OLT), and plant species cover.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Fire impacts on permafrost in Alaska: Geophysical and other field data collected in 2015
DOI 10.5066/F7F18WTJ
Authors M. Andy Kass, Burke J. Minsley, Dana R.N. Brown, Neal J. Pastick, Bruce K. Wylie
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center