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Volume 10, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 10, 2673–2692, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2673-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 10, 2673–2692, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2673-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 15 Nov 2016

Research article | 15 Nov 2016

Presence of rapidly degrading permafrost plateaus in south-central Alaska

Benjamin M. Jones et al.
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We combined field data collection with remote sensing data to document the presence and rapid degradation of permafrost in south-central Alaska during 1950–present. Ground temperature measurements confirmed permafrost presence in the region, but remotely sensed images showed that permafrost plateau extent decreased by 60 % since 1950. Better understanding these vulnerable permafrost deposits is important for predicting future permafrost extent across all permafrost regions that are warming.
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