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Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 2527–2542, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2527-2017
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The Cryosphere, 11, 2527–2542, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2527-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Research article 08 Nov 2017

Research article | 08 Nov 2017

A new map of permafrost distribution on the Tibetan Plateau

Defu Zou et al.
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The area and distribution of permafrost on the Tibetan Plateau are unclear and controversial. This paper generated a benchmark map based on the modified remote sensing products and validated it using ground-based data sets. Compared with two existing maps, the new map performed better and showed that permafrost covered areas of 1.06 × 106 km2. The results provide more detailed information on the permafrost distribution and basic data for use in future research on the Tibetan Plateau permafrost.
The area and distribution of permafrost on the Tibetan Plateau are unclear and controversial....
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