Permafrost and Gas Hydrates as Possible Sources of Methane, Alaska, USA

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Entry ID

GGD235

Summary

This project measured the amount of methane present in shallow permafrost and gas hydrate near Fairbanks, Alaska, to evaluate the role of permafrost and gas hydrate as possible sources of atmospheric methane. Air samples and 10 cm core samples were analyzed by gas chromatography.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 64.95°     S: 64.75°     E: -147.583°     W: -148°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Keith A. Kvenvolden
Dataset Title: Permafrost and Gas Hydrates as Possible Sources of Methane, Alaska, USA
Dataset Release Date: 2004-10-11
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/ggd235.html

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA
  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Chemistry Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds Methane
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Land Surface Soils Permafrost
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Gas/Air
  • Solid Earth Natural Resources Gas Hydrates
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost

Ancillary Keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Cryopedology
  • Permafrost Properties
  • Soil Properties
  • Trace gases

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS
  • GROUND STATIONS

Data Center

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

Personnel

Keith A. Kvenvolden
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 415 354-3213
Fax: 1 415 354-3191
Email: kk@octopus.wr.usgs.gov
Contact Address:

  • US Geological Survey
  • 345 Middlefield Road, MS 999

City: Menlo Park
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94025
Country: USA

Reference

Kvenvolden, K. A., Collett, T. S., and Williams, R. S. 1991. Methane in permafrost ice near Fairbanks, Alaska. EOS, Transactions of the AGU, 72(17), Supplement, p. 67. (abstract)

Kvenvolden, K. A., and Collett, T. S. 1991. Permafrost and gas hydrates as sources of methane at high latitudes. International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry, 10th, San Francisco, CA. Abstracts, p. 22.

Kvenvolden, K. A., and Lorenson, T. D. 1991. Varying amounts of methane in shallow permafrost cores from Alaska. EOS, Transactions of the AGU, 72(44), Supplement, p. 162. (abstract)

Kvenvolden, Collett, T. C and K. A., Lorenson, T. D. 1993. Studies of permafrost and gas hydrates as possible sources of atmospheric methane at high latitudes. In: Oremland, R.S. (ed.) Biogeochemistry of Global Change. NY: Chapman and Hall, p. 487-501.

Kvenvolden, K. A., Collett, T. S., Lorenson, T. D., and Reeburgh, W. S. 1992. Methane in permafrost: Preliminary studies at the CRREL permafrost tunnel near Fox, Alaska. EOS, Transactions of the AGU, 73(14), Supplement, p. 119. (abstract)

Kvenvolden, K. A., and Lorenson, T. D. 1993. Methane in permafrost: Preliminary results from coring at Fairbanks, Alaska. Chemosphere, 26, p. 609-616.

Kvenvolden, K. A., and Collett, T. C. 1993. Permafrost and gas hydrates as possible sources of atmospheric methane at high latitudes. U.S. Geological Survey. Circular 1086, p. 92-93.

Kvenvolden, K. A., Lorenson, T. D., and Barber, V. 1994. Methane in the Fox permafrost tunnel near Fairbanks, Alaska. In: Till, A. B., and Moore, T.E. (eds.) 1993 Alaska Accomplishments Bulletin. U.S. Geological Survey. Bulletin 2107, p. 31-37.

Kvenvolden, K. A., and Lorenson, T. D. 1995. Review of methane in permafrost near Fairbanks, Alaska. Geological Society of America. Abstracts with Programs, in press.

Lorenson, T. D., Kvenvolden, K. A., and Lilley, M. D. 1992. Methane in permafrost: Comparison of frozen and thawed ground. EOS, Transactions of the AGU, 73(43), Supplement, p. 182-183. (abstract)

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2004-10-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-03-01

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