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Requirements for Monitoring of Permafrost in Polar Regions


Satellite data can complement in–situ permafrost monitoring as well as related modelling of land-atmosphere exchange processes. High to medium resolution optical, thermal and microwave acquisitions are required to capture processes along the permafrost transition zones, coastlines as well as over long-term monitoring sites in the Arctic and Antarctic. Especially data from SAR missions are of interest to capture subtle terrain changes and a range of tundra lake properties.

In response to requests from various Space Agencies and community research needs, Annett Bartsch from ZAMG - Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, lead the compilation of the White Paper on Requirements for Monitoring of Permafrost in Polar Regions. This report reviews the recent discussions of satellite data requirements of permafrost research, with a focus on current sensors in operation. Requirements independent from current technical constraints are available from the NRC (2014). In this report to the WMO-PSTG recommendations are summarized for data acquisitions (areas to be covered and data specifications) with respect to selected target groups which directly investigate permafrost surface expressions and the actual target parameters of GTN-P/GCOS. Permafrost related issues are addressed by many other fields of research outside of core cryosphere research (e.g. climate modelling, greenhouse gases). The relevance of land surface parameters of globally available products are discussed in this context (including issues with current products).

2008-01 No. 10 Ice and Climate News
(Media / 2008-01 No. 10 Ice and Climate News)
- CliC Scientific Steering Group (comings and goings) - Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models - Global Prediction: Permafrost - Operational Sea-Ice Analysis and Forecasting at met.no - Arctic Council Climate and Cryosphere Project - Seasonal Forecast of Antarctic Sea Ice - The Global...
1995-December: ACSYS Arctic Forecast
(Media / 1995-December: ACSYS Arctic Forecast)
1. Introduction to ACSYS 2. Sea-Ice Modelling Workshop 3. SSG-IV Toronto, Canada 4. Arctic Run-off Database 5. Solid Precipitation Workshop
1996-March: ACSYS Arctic Forecast
(Media / 1996-March: ACSYS Arctic Forecast)
1. Data Management and Information 2. Polar Exchange at the Sea Surface 3. Handbook of the Radiation Regime of the Arctic Basin 4. Ice Drift Data from the Fram Strait 5. Arctic Precipitation Data Archive 6. Norwegian Polar Institute - IAPO Host

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