Assessing Burn-Related Permafrost Change Using InSAR

Project Description:

It has been shown in recent work that wild fire events in Arctic environments can lead to a drastic changes in the active layer and the underlying permafrost regime [e.g., Iwahana et al., 2016].  These changes can lead to significant surface deformation that may threaten local infrastructure. This study will use Sentinel-1 InSAR data to study how recent wild fires in Alaska affected permafrost change-related surface deformation. Most emphasis is put on recent burns in the Fairbanks North Star Borough area.

Student Leading the Project:

Cole Payne, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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