Climate Monitoring



Project Contact

Frank Urban
Cryospheric Studies Project
Central Region -
Geology and Environmental Change Science Center



U.S. Geological Survey: Real-Time Permafrost and Climate Monitoring Network - Arctic Alaska

Ikpikput Telemetry Station

The U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Permafrost and Climate Monitoring Network in Arctic Alaska is a collaborative effort with The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private organizations and universities.  Primary network operations are managed by members of the U.S. Geological Survey, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center.  The network was established to provide high quality real-time environmental data to aid in land management decision making.  The information is also used extensively in logistics and aircraft operations. 

This real-time network is a subset of a larger U.S. Geological Survey permafrost and climate monitoring research network.  Many of the stations are co-located with deep boreholes, thus forming the basis for comprehensive permafrost monitoring observatories.  The objectives of the larger network include climate change detection, monitoring how permafrost and vegetation respond to climate change, and acquiring improved data for current permafrost characterization and impact assessment models. Data from this network contributes to several international networks as well, primarily GTN-P (Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost), part of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) sponsored effort GCOS (Global Climate Observing System).


Interactive Map and Station Data Access

Use the slider or double-click to zoom in on a particular station.  Click and drag to pan and move the map in the window.

Comprehensive information from the data collection stations (blue circles) can be accessed directly from the "View Station" pull down menu at left, or  by clicking on an individual station (blue circles) and then clicking the station name link in the pop-up bubble.

System diagnostic information can be accessed by clicking the "Station List" link at left.

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