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Active Layer Data from the Yukon River Basin in Alaska and Canada


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Herman-Mercer, N.M., 2017, Active Layer Data from the Yukon River Basin in Alaska and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The active layer data available here has been collected as part of a collaborative monitoring project between the US Geological Survey, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, and Yukon River Basin communities known as the Active Layer Network (ALN). The active layer is the layer of soil above the permanently frozen ground (permafrost) that thaws during the summer months and freezes again in the autumn. By measuring the depth of the active layer in the late summer at the time of maximum thaw, we are able to better understand the effects of a warming climate on permafrost. ALN monitoring sites were installed across the Yukon River Basin, in Alaska and Canada, in 2009 and 2010. Each monitoring site consists of a 45 meter by 45 meter [...]

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Contact :
Nicole Herman-Mercer
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
SDC Data Owner :
National Research Program
Originator :
Nicole M Herman-Mercer

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7NC5ZFM

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