Permafrost: Distribution, Composition and Impacts on Infrastructure and Ecosystems

Oleg S. Pokrovsky, PhD (Editor)
Geoscience and Environment Toulouse, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, CNRS, France Tomsk State University, Russia N. Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Series: Environmental Health – Physical, Chemical and Biological Factors
BISAC: SCI026000




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This book is in response to the growing demand from academics and the general public for state-of-the-art research in permafrost science and, in particular, information about its impacts on infrastructure and ecosystems. It brings together research from diverse but highly complementary scientific disciplines to illuminate the main physical, chemical and biological processes occurring in permafrost systems and identifies the possible mechanisms controlling fluxes of energy and matter at various scales. Taken together, the 8 chapters of this book provide a comprehensive, up-to-date description and analysis of the basic geomorphological, physical, hydrological, chemical and biological aspects of permafrost-affected ecosystems, their interaction with other components of the landscape and their impact on human life and infrastructure. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1: Cryogenic Processes and their Impact on Infrastructures
(S. M. Govorushko, Pacific Geographical Institute, and Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia)

Chapter 2: Patterned Ground and Climate Change
(B. Van Vliet-Lanoë, CNRS, IUEM, Plouzané, France)

Chapter 3: Zone of Optimum Development of Patterned Grounds as a Characteristic of Semi-Arid Areas, an Indicator of Permafrost-Lines and a Reference to Sub-Glacial Permafrost below the Past Arid Cold-Based Tibetan Ice Sheet
(Matthias Kuhle, Geographisches Institut der Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany)

Chapter 4: Numerical Modeling of Heat and Water Transfer in Permafrost-Dominated Watersheds
(Laurent Orgogozo, Oleg S. Pokrovsky, Yves Goddéris, Jérôme Viers, David Labat and Anatoly S. Prokushkin, Geosciences Environment Toulouse, Toulouse, France and others)

Chapter 5: Remote Study of Thermokarst Lakes Dynamics in West Siberian Permafrost
(Yury Polishchuk, Sergey Kirpotin and Natalia Bryksina, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia and others)

Chapter 6: Modeling and Prediction of Dynamics of Thermokarst Lake Fields Using Satellite Images
(Vladimir Polishchuk and Yury Polishchuk, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia)

Chapter 7: Impact of Permafrost Thaw on the Biogeochemistry of the Thermokarst Lakes in Western Siberia: Current Status and Possible Future Changes
(O.S. Pokrovsky, L.S. Shirokova, R.M. Manasypov, S.N. Kirpotin, S.P. Kulizhsky and S.N. Vorobiev, CNRS Toulouse, France and others)

Chapter 8: Penicillium Fungi from Permafrost: Biosynthesis of Secondary Metabolites, Peculiarities of Growth and Development
(A.G. Kozlovsky, V.P. Zhelifonova, T.V. Antipova, Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, RAS, Puschino, Russia)


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