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Title: Estimating active layer thickness and volumetric water content from ground penetrating radar measurements in Barrow, Alaska

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) has emerged as an effective tool for estimating active layer thickness (ALT) and volumetric water content (VWC) within the active layer. In August 2013, we conducted a series of GPR and probing surveys using a 500 MHz antenna and metallic probe around Barrow, Alaska. Here, we collected about 15 km of GPR data and 1.5 km of probing data. We describe the GPR data processing workflow from raw GPR data to the estimated ALT and VWC. We then include the corresponding uncertainties for each measured and estimated parameter. The estimated average GPR-derived ALT was 41 cm, with a standard deviation of 9 cm. The average probed ALT was 40 cm, with a standard deviation of 12 cm. The average GPR-derived VWC was 0.65, with a standard deviation of 0.14.
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ; ORCiD logo [2] ; ORCiD logo [3] ; ORCiD logo [4] ; ORCiD logo [5] ; ORCiD logo [6] ; ORCiD logo [7]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Computational Earth Sciences; Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). Inst. of Arctic and Alpine Research
  2. Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States). Geology and Geophysics Dept., Dept. of Civil and Architectural Engineering
  3. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Inst. for Research in Environmental Sciences
  4. Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (China). Earth System Science Programme
  5. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Geophysics
  6. Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (United States). Geophysical Inst.
  7. Lanzhou Univ. (China). College of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-28335
Journal ID: ISSN 2049-6060
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; ARC-0901962; NNX06AE65G
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geoscience Data Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2049-6060
Publisher:
Wiley
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation (NSF); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; Earth Sciences; ground penetrating radar, permafrost
OSTI Identifier:
1417821

Jafarov, E. E., Parsekian, A. D., Schaefer, K., Liu, L., Chen, A. C., Panda, S. K., and Zhang, T.. Estimating active layer thickness and volumetric water content from ground penetrating radar measurements in Barrow, Alaska. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1002/gdj3.49.
Jafarov, E. E., Parsekian, A. D., Schaefer, K., Liu, L., Chen, A. C., Panda, S. K., & Zhang, T.. Estimating active layer thickness and volumetric water content from ground penetrating radar measurements in Barrow, Alaska. United States. doi:10.1002/gdj3.49.
Jafarov, E. E., Parsekian, A. D., Schaefer, K., Liu, L., Chen, A. C., Panda, S. K., and Zhang, T.. 2018. "Estimating active layer thickness and volumetric water content from ground penetrating radar measurements in Barrow, Alaska". United States. doi:10.1002/gdj3.49. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1417821.
@article{osti_1417821,
title = {Estimating active layer thickness and volumetric water content from ground penetrating radar measurements in Barrow, Alaska},
author = {Jafarov, E. E. and Parsekian, A. D. and Schaefer, K. and Liu, L. and Chen, A. C. and Panda, S. K. and Zhang, T.},
abstractNote = {Ground penetrating radar (GPR) has emerged as an effective tool for estimating active layer thickness (ALT) and volumetric water content (VWC) within the active layer. In August 2013, we conducted a series of GPR and probing surveys using a 500 MHz antenna and metallic probe around Barrow, Alaska. Here, we collected about 15 km of GPR data and 1.5 km of probing data. We describe the GPR data processing workflow from raw GPR data to the estimated ALT and VWC. We then include the corresponding uncertainties for each measured and estimated parameter. The estimated average GPR-derived ALT was 41 cm, with a standard deviation of 9 cm. The average probed ALT was 40 cm, with a standard deviation of 12 cm. The average GPR-derived VWC was 0.65, with a standard deviation of 0.14.},
doi = {10.1002/gdj3.49},
journal = {Geoscience Data Journal},
number = 2,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}