Our changing Cryosphere: Gaining insights into permafrost processes using geophysics

  • Date : January 17, 2018 - January 17, 2018
  • Time : 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Location : Mars Agriculture Center 201
  • Price : Free

The Arctic system is undergoing rapid change relative to global averages. Warmer air temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns effect hydrologic processes and the integrity of permafrost; these changes are expected to continue or amplify in the future.  What do we observe today that shows evidence of change in permafrost? What are the anticipated effects of these changes? In this talk I will show examples of changing permafrost systems where geophysical measurements have revealed new insights into subsurface processes. I will review recent work on permafrost thaw below Arctic lakes, lake expansion, and ecosystem-protected permafrost.

 

Andrew Parsekian received his PhD from Rutgers University in 2011 and a BS from Dickinson College in 2005. After completing a postdoctoral assistantship at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of the

Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming where he currently works.  His research interests related to environmental geophysics focus on permafrost processes and mountain

hydrology.

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