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TC | Volume 13, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 13, 511–519, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-511-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 13, 511–519, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-511-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Brief communication 12 Feb 2019

Brief communication | 12 Feb 2019

Brief communication: Evaluation and inter-comparisons of Qinghai–Tibet Plateau permafrost maps based on a new inventory of field evidence

Bin Cao et al.

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Many maps have been produced to estimate permafrost distribution over the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. However the evaluation and inter-comparisons of them are poorly understood due to limited in situ measurements. We provided an in situ inventory of evidence of permafrost presence or absence, with 1475 sites over the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. Based on the in situ measurements, our evaluation results showed a wide range of map performance, and the estimated permafrost region and area are extremely large.
Many maps have been produced to estimate permafrost distribution over the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau....
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