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Ground temperatures, Liefdefjord, northwest Svalbard, Version 1

This dataset includes ground temperature data from coarse morainal (till) soil in a tundra area, on a 2-degree slope with rapid drainage, 45 m asl, at an undisturbed site with about 10 percent vegetation cover. A data logger was used with a sampling rate of 60 days; 1-day averaging period of individual measurements.

Geographic Coverage

  • Soils > Soil Temperature
  • Frozen Ground > Soil Temperature
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 79.58, S: 79.58, E: -12.975, W: -12.975

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1990 to 31 December 1992
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • Microsoft Excel
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Lorenz King

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

King, L. 1998. Ground temperatures, Liefdefjord, northwest Svalbard, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

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This data set was first published on the 1998 CAPS CD.
The text for this document was taken unchanged from that CD.

Detailed Data Description


Site no.:
(site number assigned by the researcher) : SPE1

Source of data: (enter names)
Name of investigator: Lorenz King
Name of institute: Geographical Institute, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Data type: (check or specify)
Temperature log

Location: (enter Long. Lat. or UTM)
Longitude: 12 58.5 E
Latitude: 79 34.8 N

Geodetic datum: (enter datum used in original work):

Elevation a.s.l.:
(m): 45 m a.s.l.

Aspect (slope orientation): (check one)

Slope angle (degree):

Landform: (check one)

Material: (check one)
Morainal (till)

Texture of material: (check one)
Coarse, gravelly

Drainage: (check one)
Rapidly drained

Vegetation type: (check one)
Tundra, broken herb

Vegetation cover (%):

Anthropogenically disturbed site: (check one)

Fire history: (enter number of years since fire)

Remarks: (free format text - any additional information about the site that may be important to users of the data)

Shallow ground temperature measurements are:
Automatic (logger): Yes

Temperature sensor is:
Pt100 Resistant Thermometer

Sampling rate (period of measurement)
_60__ days and averaging period of individual measurements _1__ days

Time standard used is UT/GMT

Accuracy is:
plus/minus _0.1__ degrees Celsius in temperature
plus/minus _0.02__ metres in depth

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Document Information

Please cite these data as follows:

King, L. 1998. Ground temperatures at Liefdefjord, northwest Svalbard. 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, Boulder, Colorado: NSIDC, University of Colorado at Boulder.

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