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