Research Theme: Land Surface

Here is an atmospheric-level view of all the Land Surface
research and happenings at INSTAAR.

How land is shaped and changed over time is the subject of this research. It seeks to understand why landscapes look and operate as they do, describe the processes that create landforms, and predict future changes.


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Recent Publications

Montes, C., Cardona, A., Jaramillo, C., Pardo, A., Silva, J.C., Valencia, V, Ayala, C., Lina Pérez-Angel, Rodriguez-Parra, L.A., Ramirez, V., Niño, H., 2015: Middle Miocene closure of the Central American Seaway. Science, v. 348, pp. 226-229. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa2815

Cao, B., Gruber, S., Zhang, T., Li, L., Peng, X., Kang Wang, Zheng, L., Shao, W., Guo, H., 2017: Spatial variability of active layer thickness detected by ground-penetrating radar in the Qilian Mountains, western China. Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, early online view. DOI: 10.1002/2016JF004018

Abbott, B. W., et al., including, Jafarov, E. E., 2016: Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: An expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3): article 034014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014

Chen, A., Parsekian, A. D., Schaefer, K., Jafarov, E., Panda, S., Liu, L., Zhang, T., Zebker, H., 2016: Ground-penetrating radar-derived measurements of active-layer thickness on the landscape scale with sparse calibration at Toolik and Happy Valley, Alaska. Geophysics, 81(2): H9-H19. DOI: 10.1190/GEO2015-0124.1

Castillo, J. A., Epps, C. W., Jeffress, M. R., Chris Ray, Rodhouse, T. J., Schwalm, D., 2016: Replicated landscape genetic and network analyses reveal wide variation in functional connectivity for American pikas. Ecological Applications, 26(6): 1660-1676. DOI: 10.1890/15-1452.1

Rempel, A. W., Marshall, J. A., Roering, J. J., 2016: Modeling relative frost weathering rates at geomorphic scales. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 453: 87-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.08.019

Arnaud Temme, Heckmann, T., Harlaar, P., 2016: Silent play in a loud theatre: Dominantly time-dependent soil development in the geomorphically active proglacial area of the Gepatsch glacier, Austria. Catena, 147: 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.06.042

Esau, I., Miles, V. V., Davy, R., Martin W. Miles, Kurchatova, A., 2016: Trends in normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) associated with urban development in northern West Siberia. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16. DOI: 10.5194/acp-2016-51

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