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Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS)

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Entry ID

G01175

Summary

The Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS) contains over 100 data sets pertaining to permafrost and frozen ground topics. It also contains detailed metadata records describing over 100 additional data sets available at other GGD nodes around the world. Dozens of contributors submitted data collections representing global sites. This compilation of data and information products is intended for a broad audience including the scientific and engineering communities, educators, and policy makers. The data published on CAPS is available through the Frozen Ground Data Center (FGDC) database.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 90°     S: -90°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: International Permafrost Association Standing Committee on Data Information and Communication (comp.)
Dataset Title: Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS)
Dataset Release Date: 2003-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g01175.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5SF2T3B

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT AFRICA SOUTHERN AFRICA
  • CONTINENT AFRICA SOUTHERN AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA
  • CONTINENT ASIA EASTERN ASIA CHINA
  • CONTINENT ASIA EASTERN ASIA MONGOLIA
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA
  • CONTINENT ASIA SOUTHCENTRAL ASIA KAZAKHSTAN
  • CONTINENT EUROPE EASTERN EUROPE POLAND
  • CONTINENT EUROPE EASTERN EUROPE ROMANIA
  • CONTINENT EUROPE EASTERN EUROPE RUSSIA RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE BRITISH ISLES UNITED KINGDOM
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE ICELAND
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE SCANDANAVIA DENMARK
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE SCANDANAVIA NORWAY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE NORTHERN EUROPE SCANDANAVIA SWEDEN
  • CONTINENT EUROPE SOUTHERN EUROPE ITALY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE SOUTHERN EUROPE SPAIN
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE AUSTRIA
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE BELGIUM
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE FRANCE
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE GERMANY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE NETHERLANDS
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE SWITZERLAND
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA GREENLAND
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA ARGENTINA
  • CONTINENT SOUTH AMERICA CHILE
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION ARCTIC
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION MID-LATITUDE
  • OCEAN ATLANTIC OCEAN NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN
  • OCEAN ATLANTIC OCEAN SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
  • OCEAN SOUTHERN OCEAN SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
  • VERTICAL LOCATION LAND SURFACE

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Cryosols
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Ground Ice
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Seasonally Frozen Ground
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Talik
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Frost
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Cryosols
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Ground Ice
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Seasonally Frozen Ground
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Talik
  • Land Surface Land Temperature Land Surface Temperature
  • Land Surface Soils Permafrost
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Classification
  • Paleoclimate Land Records Glaciation
  • Paleoclimate Land Records Sediments
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Freeze/Thaw
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Frost
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost

Ancillary Keywords

  • Active Layer
  • ADD > INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT DATA DIRECTORY
  • AEDD > ARCTIC ENVIRONMENTAL DATA DIRECTORY
  • Air Temperature
  • AMD > ANTARCTIC MASTER DIRECTORY
  • Bedrock
  • Bibliographies
  • Boreholes
  • BTS Measurements
  • Climate Change
  • Continuous Permafrost
  • Cryopedology
  • Discontinuous Permafrost
  • Diurnal Freeze/thaw
  • EASE-Grid
  • Engineering
  • Field Investigations
  • Frozen Ground
  • GCMD > GLOBAL CHANGE MASTER DIRECTORY
  • Geocryology
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geothermal Gradient
  • GGD > GLOBAL GEOCRYOLOGICAL DATABASE
  • GIS
  • Ground Ice
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Ice-wedge Polygons
  • IPA > INTERNATIONAL PERMAFROST ASSOCIATION
  • Mapping
  • Meteorology
  • Modeling
  • Monitoring
  • Mountain Permafrost
  • NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleo-permafrost
  • Patterned Ground
  • Periglacial Features
  • Periglacial Processes
  • Permafrost
  • Permafrost Distribution
  • Permafrost Extent
  • Permafrost Features
  • Permafrost Properties
  • Permafrost Temperature
  • Remote Sensing
  • Rock Glaciers
  • Seasonal Freeze/thaw
  • Slope Processes
  • Snow
  • Software
  • Soil Moisture
  • Soil Properties
  • Soil Temperature
  • Solar Radiation
  • Terminology
  • Thaw
  • Thermal Properties
  • Thermokarst
  • Topographic Survey
  • Tundra
  • Vegetation

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
  • Geoscientific Information

Platform

  • FIELD SURVEYS
  • FIXED OBSERVATION STATIONS
  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS
  • WEATHER STATIONS

Instrument

  • ANEMOMETERS
  • BAROMETERS
  • HYGROMETERS
  • RAIN GAUGES
  • SNOW MEASURING ROD
  • SNOWPACK TEMPERATURE PROBE
  • SOIL MOISTURE PROBE
  • SOIL TEMPERATURE PROBE
  • THERMISTORS
  • THERMOMETERS

Project

  • CALM Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring Program
  • GTN-P Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost
  • IPA International Permafrost Association

Quality

Data were quality checked by the investigators who provided them to NSIDC for the CD compilation. Data value range checks were performed at NSIDC.

Access Constraints

There are no restrictions on access to these data.

Use Constraints

There are no restrictions on use of these data. Please cite the data using the citation example given in the documentation. Please cite the CD itself as follows: International Permafrost Association, Data and Information Working Group, comp. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0. CD-ROM available from National Snow and Ice Data Center, nsidc@nsidc.org. Boulder, Colorado: NSIDC, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/fgdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 30 MB
Distribution Format: Binary

Personnel

R. G. Barry
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of Colorado
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology
  • 449 UCB

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Jerry Brown
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 508 457-4982
Fax: 1 508 457-4982
Email: jerrybrown@igc.apc.org
Contact Address:

  • International Permafrost Association
  • PO Box 7

City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: USA

Michael J. Clark
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of Southhampton

Country: United Kingdom

Marina O. Leibman
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 7-095-215-8666
Fax: 7-095-135-6582
Email: mleibman@online.ru
Contact Address:

  • Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moscow department of Earth Cryosphere Institute
  • Vavilov str., 30/6

City: Moscow
Postal Code: GSP-1, 119
Country: Russia

H. Jonas Akerman
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 46 46 123212
Email: agrisys@zamnet.zm
Contact Address:

  • Lund University
  • Department of Physical Geography
  • Solvegatan 12

City: Lund
Postal Code: 22363
Country: Sweden

Daniel S. Vonder Muehll
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 41-1632-4113
Fax: 41-1632-1192
Email: vdmuehll@aeolus.ethz.ch
Contact Address:

  • VAW-ETH
  • Federal Institute of Technology
  • Gloriastrasse 37/39

City: Zurich
Postal Code: CH-8092
Country: Switzerland

Frederick E. (Fritz) Nelson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: fnelson@udel.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Delaware
  • Department of Geography

City: Newark
Province or State: DE
Country: USA

Hanne H. Christiansen
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 47 79 02 33 20
Email: hhc@server1.geogr.ku.dk
Email: hanne.christiansen@unis.no
Contact Address:

  • The University Centre in Svalbard

City: Longyearbyen
Postal Code: N-9171
Country: Norway

E.S. Melnikov
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 7-095-135-9828
Fax: 7-095-135-6582
Email: emelnikov@mtu-net.ru
Contact Address:

  • Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch
  • Laboratory of Geocryological Prediction and Informatics of Earth Cryosphere Inst
  • Vavilov Str. 30/6-74a

City: Moscow
Postal Code: GSP-1, 119
Country: Russia

Jan Boelhouwers
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 46 18 4712524
Fax: 46 18 555920
Email: jan.boelhouwers@natgeog.uu.se
Contact Address:

  • Uppsala University
  • Physical Geography, Department of Earth Sciences
  • VillavŠgen 16

City: Uppsala
Postal Code: 7535
Country: Sweden

Margo Burgess
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 613 996 9317
Fax: 1 613 992 0190
Email: mburgess@nrcan.gc.ca
Contact Address:

  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • 601 Booth Street

City: Ottawa
Province or State: Ontario
Postal Code: K1A 0E8
Country: Canada

Sharon Smith
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 613 947-7066
Fax: 1 613 992-0190
Email: ssmith@nrcan.gc.ca
Contact Address:

  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • 601 Booth St.

City: Ottawa
Province or State: Ontario
Postal Code: K1A 0E8
Country: Canada

Julia Branson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of Southampton

Country: United Kingdom

Tingjun Z Zhang
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2359 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • University of Colorado
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology
  • UCB449

City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Alfred-Wegener Institute: Arctic Coastal Dynamics

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
CAPS 2 Addendum

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EASE-Grid Data Web Site

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Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Product Web Site

Reference

J. Brown, J.,Ferrians, O.J. Jr., Heginbottom, J.A. and Melnikov, E.S. 1997. Circum-arctic Map of Permafrost and Ground-Ice Conditions. USGS Circum-Pacific Map Series CP-45 (scale 1:10,000,000). U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, USA. Brown J., O.J. Ferrians, Jr., J.A. Heginbottom, and E.S. Melnikov. 1998. Digital Circum-Arctic Map of Permafrost and Ground-Ice Conditions. In: International Permafrost Association, Data and Information Working Group, comp. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0. CD-ROM available from National Snow and Ice Data Center, nsidc@nsidc.org. Boulder, Colorado: NSIDC, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Extensive references are also provided with each data set on CAPS.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2003-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-19

Metadata Views

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Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in plain text

DIF XML

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

FGDC HTML

U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata

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