Modeling sub-sea permafrost in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf: The dmitry laptev strait

D. Nicolsky, N. Shakhova

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The present state of sub-sea permafrost modeling does not agree with certain observational data on the permafrost state within the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. This suggests a need to consider other mechanisms of permafrost destabilization after the recent ocean transgression. We propose development of open taliks wherever thaw lakes and river paleo-valleys were submerged shelf-wide as a possible mechanism for the degradation of sub-sea permafrost. To test the hypothesis we performed numerical modeling of permafrost dynamics in the Dmitry Laptev Strait area. We achieved sufficient agreement with the observed distribution of thawed and frozen layers to suggest that the proposed mechanism of permafrost destabilization is plausible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015006
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Numerical modeling
  • Sub-sea permafrost
  • Thermokarst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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