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Digital Database of Permafrost Thickness in Canada, Version 1

The Canadian permafrost thickness database includes publicly available information from published and unpublished sources for 1005 sites; 916 of these are terrestrial sites ,and 89 are marine sites.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.

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Data Set Tabs

Temporal Coverage:
  • 1960-01-01 to 1985-12-31
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 82.5, S: 48.9, E: -56.4, W: -141

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Frozen Ground > Permafrost
  • Snow/Ice > Permafrost
  • Soils > Permafrost
  • Frozen Ground > Soil Temperature
  • Soils > Soil Temperature
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Air Temperature
  • Vegetation > Vegetation Cover
Data Format(s):
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Data Contributor(s): Sharon Smith, Margo Burgess

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Sharon Smith and Margo Burgess 2004. Digital Database of Permafrost Thickness in Canada, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center.
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