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Interaction between atmosphere and permafrost in the Austrian Alps - Atmospheric extreme events and their significance relevance for the average state of the active layer

Permafrost is a key element of the high mountain landscape, which undergoes significant change due to global climate change. However, the understanding of the processes causing permafrost changes, especially with regard to extreme events such as the 2003 heat wave, is still insufficient. Due to its extensive meteorological and glaciological measurements,  the Sonnblick (Austrian Alps) is particularly suitable to improve the process understanding on mountain permafrost. By combining extensive geophysical measurements with sophisticated modeling, ATMOperm not only improves process understanding of the impact of extreme years, but also extends monitoring through innovative methods.

Running period: 2015-2018


Funding agency: Austrian Academy of Sciences


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