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Digital Database of Permafrost Thickness in Canada

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Entry ID

GGD620

Summary

The Canadian permafrost thickness database includes publicly available information from published and unpublished sources for 1005 sites; 916 of these are terrestrial sites ,and 89 are marine sites. Much of the data were collected between 1960 and the mid 1980s. The depth of the 0 deg C isotherm and the base of ice-bearing permafrost is recorded in the database. Also included is information on site characteristics such as air temperature, geology and vegetation, which influence the thickness of permafrost at a particular site. The database has been published as a Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report which also includes a series of maps and graphs which illustrate site distribution, permafrost thickness and other attributes of the database.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 82.5°     S: 48.9°     E: -56.4°     W: -141°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Sharon Smith and Margo Burgess
Dataset Title: Digital Database of Permafrost Thickness in Canada
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/ggd620.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1960-01-01
Stop Date: 1985-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA CANADA CANADA

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
  • Biosphere Vegetation Vegetation Cover
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Land Surface Soils Permafrost
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Temperature
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Permafrost

Ancillary Keywords

  • Canada
  • Permafrost
  • Permafrost thickness

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

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

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

Reference

Smith, S.L. and Burgess, M.M. 2000. A digital database of permafrost thickness in Canada. Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report 4173.

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: 2012-09-19

Metadata Views

DIF Text-Only

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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