Permafrost Monitoring & Dynamics
Atmospheric, surface and subsurface processes are coupled in a complex way in mountain regions. In order to understand the interactions between atmosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere, observations (e.g. meteorological variables, soil moisture, subsurface temperature, soil porosity, snow and ice thickness etc) and model simulations have to be combined and jointly analysed.
We use a variety of models (meteorological, hydrological and soil physical) on different time scales and use monitoring networks (including our own permafrost, energy balance and soil moisture stations) for joint analysis and validation.