Permafrost Research Laboratories

AWI - Alfred Wegener Institute
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory Complex

Permafrost Research Laboratories

AWI - Alfred Wegener Institute
@ Geosciences / Permafrost Research
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We observe and quantify the modern and past state of terrestrial and submarine permafrost and predict its future transformation in a changing climate. We measure long-term hydroclimate and ground temperatures, study water and energy balance, use remote sensing to quantify thaw, and model past, current, and future permafrost. We employ geophysics, quantify fluxes from permafrost thaw and coastal erosion, and determine greenhouse gas and biogeochemical fluxes. We reconstruct periglacial landscape dynamics over the past 200,000 years, studying ecosystem dynamics and the biogeochemical cycles in the terrestrial Arctic using multiproxy analyses of permafrost and lacustrine records. The Permafrost Research Laboratories are a laboratory complex and consist of several sub-modules. For more details, please see the individual websites.



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