Permafrost degradation has been hypothesized as being one of the main causes of rockfalls and rockwall instability in the recent past in high mountain areas. Ongoing rockwall permafrost evolution remains poorly understood because of the lack of systematic measurements; models are often validated and driven by few existing instrumented sites. In rockwall sub-surface temperature modelling, thermal diffusivity (κ) is one of the main parameters to be considered. In this study thermal diffusivity data series were inferred from rock temperature data in order to understand their annual variation, their distribution in different temperature ranges and their relation to atmospheric conditions. An harmonic analysis was performed to define amplitude and phase of the daily temperature waves at different depths by means of a least square minimizing optimization procedure. The analysis conducted shows that changes in κ values are influenced by different factors such as depth, season, rock temperature, aspect and snowfalls.

Thermal Diffusivity Variability in Alpine Permafrost Rock Walls

POGLIOTTI, Paolo;GIARDINO, Marco
2008

Abstract

Permafrost degradation has been hypothesized as being one of the main causes of rockfalls and rockwall instability in the recent past in high mountain areas. Ongoing rockwall permafrost evolution remains poorly understood because of the lack of systematic measurements; models are often validated and driven by few existing instrumented sites. In rockwall sub-surface temperature modelling, thermal diffusivity (κ) is one of the main parameters to be considered. In this study thermal diffusivity data series were inferred from rock temperature data in order to understand their annual variation, their distribution in different temperature ranges and their relation to atmospheric conditions. An harmonic analysis was performed to define amplitude and phase of the daily temperature waves at different depths by means of a least square minimizing optimization procedure. The analysis conducted shows that changes in κ values are influenced by different factors such as depth, season, rock temperature, aspect and snowfalls.
NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERMAFROST
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
29 giugno - 3 luglio 2008
Ninth International Conference on Permafrost
University of Alaska
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rock wall temperature; thermal diffusivity
P. POGLIOTTI; E. CREMONESE; U. MORRA DI CELLA; S. GRUBER; M. GIARDINO
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