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Title: PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database

Abstract

Ponds and lakes are abundant in Arctic permafrost lowlands. They play an important role in Arctic wetland ecosystems by regulating carbon, water, and energy fluxes and providing freshwater habitats. However, ponds, i.e., waterbodies with surface areas smaller than 1.0 × 104 m2, have not been inventoried on global and regional scales. The Permafrost Region Pond and Lake (PeRL) database presents the results of a circum-Arctic effort to map ponds and lakes from modern (2002–2013) high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery with a resolution of 5 m or better. The database also includes historical imagery from 1948 to 1965 with a resolution of 6 m or better. PeRL includes 69 maps covering a wide range of environmental conditions from tundra to boreal regions and from continuous to discontinuous permafrost zones. Waterbody maps are linked to regional permafrost landscape maps which provide information on permafrost extent, ground ice volume, geology, and lithology. This paper describes waterbody classification and accuracy, and presents statistics of waterbody distribution for each site. Maps of permafrost landscapes in Alaska, Canada, and Russia are used to extrapolate waterbody statistics from the site level to regional landscape units. PeRL presents pond and lake estimates for a total area of 1.4more » × 106 km2 across the Arctic, about 17 % of the Arctic lowland ( < 300 m a.s.l.) land surface area. PeRL waterbodies with sizes of 1.0 ×106 m2 down to 1.0 ×102 m2 contributed up to 21 % to the total water fraction. Waterbody density ranged from 1.0 ×10 to 9.4 × 101 km–2. Ponds are the dominant waterbody type by number in all landscapes representing 45–99 % of the total waterbody number. In conclusion, the implementation of PeRL size distributions in land surface models will greatly improve the investigation and projection of surface inundation and carbon fluxes in permafrost lowlands.« less

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  1. Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam (Germany)
  2. Heidelberg Univ., Heidelberg (Germany)
  3. Humboldt Univ., Berlin (Germany)
  4. Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg (Germany)
  5. Zentralanstalt fur Meteorologie and Geodynamik, Vienna (Austria)
  6. U. S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (United States)
  7. Stockholm Univ., Stockholm (Sweden)
  8. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  9. Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino (Russia)
  10. Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (United States)
  11. Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Quebec, QC (Canada); Univ. of Montreal, Montreal, QC (Canada)
  12. Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States)
  13. Univ. of Montreal, Montreal, QC (Canada)
  14. Univ. of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)
  15. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1375169
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1379885
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-29112
Journal ID: ISSN 1866-3516
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396; AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Earth System Science Data (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Earth System Science Data (Online); Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1866-3516
Publisher:
Copernicus
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Earth Sciences

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Muster, Sina, Roth, Kurt, Langer, Moritz, Lange, Stephan, Cresto Aleina, Fabio, Bartsch, Annett, Morgenstern, Anne, Grosse, Guido, Jones, Benjamin, Sannel, A. Britta K., Sjoberg, Ylva, Gunther, Frank, Andresen, Christian, Veremeeva, Alexandra, Lindgren, Prajna R., Bouchard, Frederic, Lara, Mark J., Fortier, Daniel, Charbonneau, Simon, Virtanen, Tarmo A., Hugelius, Gustaf, Palmtag, Juri, Siewert, Matthias B., Riley, William J., Koven, Charles D., and Boike, Julia. PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.5194/essd-9-317-2017.
Muster, Sina, Roth, Kurt, Langer, Moritz, Lange, Stephan, Cresto Aleina, Fabio, Bartsch, Annett, Morgenstern, Anne, Grosse, Guido, Jones, Benjamin, Sannel, A. Britta K., Sjoberg, Ylva, Gunther, Frank, Andresen, Christian, Veremeeva, Alexandra, Lindgren, Prajna R., Bouchard, Frederic, Lara, Mark J., Fortier, Daniel, Charbonneau, Simon, Virtanen, Tarmo A., Hugelius, Gustaf, Palmtag, Juri, Siewert, Matthias B., Riley, William J., Koven, Charles D., & Boike, Julia. PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database. United States. doi:10.5194/essd-9-317-2017.
Muster, Sina, Roth, Kurt, Langer, Moritz, Lange, Stephan, Cresto Aleina, Fabio, Bartsch, Annett, Morgenstern, Anne, Grosse, Guido, Jones, Benjamin, Sannel, A. Britta K., Sjoberg, Ylva, Gunther, Frank, Andresen, Christian, Veremeeva, Alexandra, Lindgren, Prajna R., Bouchard, Frederic, Lara, Mark J., Fortier, Daniel, Charbonneau, Simon, Virtanen, Tarmo A., Hugelius, Gustaf, Palmtag, Juri, Siewert, Matthias B., Riley, William J., Koven, Charles D., and Boike, Julia. Tue . "PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database". United States. doi:10.5194/essd-9-317-2017. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1375169.
@article{osti_1375169,
title = {PeRL: a circum-Arctic Permafrost Region Pond and Lake database},
author = {Muster, Sina and Roth, Kurt and Langer, Moritz and Lange, Stephan and Cresto Aleina, Fabio and Bartsch, Annett and Morgenstern, Anne and Grosse, Guido and Jones, Benjamin and Sannel, A. Britta K. and Sjoberg, Ylva and Gunther, Frank and Andresen, Christian and Veremeeva, Alexandra and Lindgren, Prajna R. and Bouchard, Frederic and Lara, Mark J. and Fortier, Daniel and Charbonneau, Simon and Virtanen, Tarmo A. and Hugelius, Gustaf and Palmtag, Juri and Siewert, Matthias B. and Riley, William J. and Koven, Charles D. and Boike, Julia},
abstractNote = {Ponds and lakes are abundant in Arctic permafrost lowlands. They play an important role in Arctic wetland ecosystems by regulating carbon, water, and energy fluxes and providing freshwater habitats. However, ponds, i.e., waterbodies with surface areas smaller than 1.0 × 104 m2, have not been inventoried on global and regional scales. The Permafrost Region Pond and Lake (PeRL) database presents the results of a circum-Arctic effort to map ponds and lakes from modern (2002–2013) high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery with a resolution of 5 m or better. The database also includes historical imagery from 1948 to 1965 with a resolution of 6 m or better. PeRL includes 69 maps covering a wide range of environmental conditions from tundra to boreal regions and from continuous to discontinuous permafrost zones. Waterbody maps are linked to regional permafrost landscape maps which provide information on permafrost extent, ground ice volume, geology, and lithology. This paper describes waterbody classification and accuracy, and presents statistics of waterbody distribution for each site. Maps of permafrost landscapes in Alaska, Canada, and Russia are used to extrapolate waterbody statistics from the site level to regional landscape units. PeRL presents pond and lake estimates for a total area of 1.4 × 106 km2 across the Arctic, about 17 % of the Arctic lowland ( < 300 m a.s.l.) land surface area. PeRL waterbodies with sizes of 1.0 ×106 m2 down to 1.0 ×102 m2 contributed up to 21 % to the total water fraction. Waterbody density ranged from 1.0 ×10 to 9.4 × 101 km–2. Ponds are the dominant waterbody type by number in all landscapes representing 45–99 % of the total waterbody number. In conclusion, the implementation of PeRL size distributions in land surface models will greatly improve the investigation and projection of surface inundation and carbon fluxes in permafrost lowlands.},
doi = {10.5194/essd-9-317-2017},
journal = {Earth System Science Data (Online)},
number = 1,
volume = 9,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {6}
}

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