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Recent air and ground temperature increases at Tarfala Research Station, Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
2013 (English)In: Polar Research, ISSN 0800-0395, E-ISSN 1751-8369, Vol. 32, no UNSP 19807Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Long-term data records are essential to detect and understand environmental change, in particular in generally data-sparse high-latitude and high-altitude regions. Here, we analyse a 47-year air temperature record (1965 2011) at Tarfala Research Station (67 degrees 54.7'N, 18 degrees 36.7'E, 1135 m a.s.l.) in northern Sweden, and a nearby 11-year record of 100-m-deep ground temperature (2001-11; 1540 m a.s.l.). The air temperature record shows a mean annual air temperature of -3.5 +/- 0.9 degrees C (+/- 1 standard deviation sigma) and a linear warming trend of +/- 0.042 degrees C yr(-1). The warming trend shows large month-to-month variations with the largest trend in January followed by October. Also, the number of days with positive mean daily temperatures and positive degree-day sums has increased during the last two decades compared to the previous period. Temperature lapse rates derived from the mean daily Tarfala record and an air temperature record at the borehole site average 4.5 degrees C km(-1) and tend to be higher in summer than in winter. Mean summer air temperatures at Tarfala explain 76% of the variance of the summer glacier mass balance of nearby Storglaciaren. Consistent with the observed increase in Tarfala's air temperature, the ground temperature record shows significant permafrost warming with the largest trend (0.047 degrees C yr(-1)) found at 20 m depth.

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2013. Vol. 32, no UNSP 19807
Keyword [en]
Air temperature, climate change, permafrost, lapse rate, degree-days, NAO
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Environmental Sciences Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources Geology Ecology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92820DOI: 10.3402/polar.v32i0.19807ISI: 000321891100001OAI: diva2:642381
EU, European Research Council, EnV4-CT97-0492


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