An inventory of permafrost evidence for the European Alps

Cremonese, Edoardo and Gruber, Stephan and Phillips, Marcia and Pogliotti, Paolo and Böckli, Lorenz and Nötzli, Jeannette and Suter, Christoph and Bodin, Xavier and Crepaz, Andrea and Kellerer-Pirklbauer, Andreas and Lang, Kathrin and Letey, Stéphanie and Mair, Volkmar and Morra di Cella, Umberto and Ravanel, Ludovic and Scapozza, Cristian and Seppi, Roberto and Zischg, Andreas (2011) An inventory of permafrost evidence for the European Alps. The Cryosphere, 5. pp. 651-657.

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The investigation and modelling of permafrost distribution, particularly in areas of discontinuous permafrost, is challenging due to spatial heterogeneity, remoteness of measurement sites and data scarcity. We have designed a strategy for standardizing different local data sets containing evidence of the presence or absence of permafrost into an inventory for the entire European Alps. With this brief communication, we present the structure and contents of this inventory. This collection of permafrost evidence not only highlights existing data and allows new analyses based on larger data sets, but also provides complementary information for an improved interpretation of monitoring results.

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