A new map of permafrost distribution on the Tibetan Plateau (2017)

Qinghai Tibet Plateau is the largest permafrost area in the world. At present, some permafrost distribution maps have been compiled. However, due to the limited data sources, unclear standards, insufficient verification and lack of high-quality spatial data sets, there is great uncertainty in drawing Permafrost Distribution Maps on TP.

Based on the improved medium resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS) surface temperature (LSTS) model of 1 km clear sky mod11a2 (Terra MODIS) and myd11a2 (Aqua MODIS) product (reprocessing version 5) in 2003-2012, the data set simulates the distribution of permafrost and generates the permafrost map of Qinghai Tibet Plateau. The map was verified by field observation, soil moisture content and bulk density.

Permafrost attributes mainly include: seasonally frozen ground, permafrost and unfrozen ground.

The data set provides more detailed data of Permafrost Distribution and basic data for the study of permafrost in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

File naming and required software

File name: the data is stored in grid TIFF format, and the file name is perma_distr_ map.tif
Data reading mode: it can be opened with ArcGIS, QGIS and other remote sensing software to read TIF files

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ZHAO Lin. A new map of permafrost distribution on the Tibetan Plateau (2017). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. DOI: 10.11888/Geocry.tpdc.270468. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Zou, D.F., Zhao, L., Sheng, Y., Chen, J., Wu, T.H., Wu, J.C., et al. (2016). A new map of permafrost distribution on the Tibetan Plateau. The Cryosphere, 11(6), 2527-2542.( View Details | Bibtex)

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Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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