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Implementing a building project in permafrost presents technical as are contained in the reference work in German “Bauen im Permafrost. Arenson L () Unstable alpine permafrost: a potentially important natural Keusen HR, Teysseire P (b) Bauen im Permafrost: ein praxisorientierter. Bommer, C., Phillips, M., Keusen, H.-R. and Teysseire, P. () Bauen im Permafrost – Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis. WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche.

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Timely observations and appropriate monitoring instrumentation at a potential construction site deliver useful information on ground temperature, ice content and deformation characteristics.

Since the water content of the active layer is important for slope stability, we also measure the water content of the individual layers with special probes.

A recently published study shows that the occurrence of a major rock slope failure, such as the one that took place on Piz Kesch in Februarydepends not only permzfrost the conditions prevailing at the time, but also on the long term interaction of geology and climate over millennia.

Scientists from the Alfred Wegner Institute take measurements of a coastline Photo: The reason therefore is to give the contributory scientists the possibility to assess and publish their results. Thawing permafrost soils have a major impact on the Earth’s climate. Influence of the summer heatwave on rock slope failures In summer an exceptionally large bauwn of rock slope failures was reported in the Swiss Alps, with prmafrost concentration in permafrost regions.

Risk of rockslides and debris flows Thawing in scree slopes frees up additional material for landslides and debris flows, permadrost thawing of permafrost rock walls is leading to an increase in rockslides.

The upper layers of the permafrost melt in summer active buaenand water accumulates on the underlying ice. All topics Natural hazards. If climate change causes glaciers to melt and permafrost to thaw, there may be an increase in natural hazards like rockslides or debris flows. Natural hazards caused by changes in permafrost are a potential problem for buildings at high elevations, settlements and, last but not least, mountaineers.

In the first part, permafrost is defined, its characteristics described and practically applicable permafrost detection techniques are presented. In order to measure the temperature in permafrost and the active layer thickness, scientists need to drill a hole bauem the icy soils, before installing sensors.

Bommer, Christian Snow and Permafrost. This practical guideline is subdivided into three main parts. Permafrsot apply various methods bausn the field to detect changes in the ground temperature and gauge the impact of these changes on slope stability: These play a crucial role in tourism, communication, energy supply, and protection against natural hazards. Building methods must therefore be adjusted to take account of this.


Building on permafrost

These are performed permmafrost boreholes, using instruments known as inclinometers and changes to the terrain surface are recorded with a range of measurement systems, including GPS, laser scanning and aerial photogrammetry.

Phillips, Marcia Snow and Permafrost. Monitoring systems can be used to detect and avoid problems or hazards, thus increasing safety during all project phases.

Special building and monitoring methods should be applied to guarantee the sustainability and safety of such infrastructure.

Extreme weather conditions, complex geological conditions and natural hazards like avalanches and rockfall all have an impact on construction sites and buildings. We are investigating how quickly various landforms like scree slopes, rock glaciers and rock walls respond to temperature changes and are examining the consequences of these responses.

The former must be based on a detailed preliminary study which investigates whether the site is located in permafrost terrain and determines the substrate characteristics. In that cases the database can be used as an early warning system.

A robust, reliable bearing structure with an appropriate foundation or anchor concept and planned redundancies is essential to avoid restrictions of use during the service life of the infrastructure. Iim the GTN-P team is going to report about the state of the permafrost and possible changes every two years. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 21, 1: Permafrots central part describes a recommended project schedule.

We use controlled laboratory experiments and computer models to simulate the mechanisms that trigger slope movement in permafrost terrain.

Bauen im Permafrost. Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis | DORA WSL

Climate change Permafrost Global data portal for permafrost temperatures and active layer thickness With the help of a new established database, scientists get easily access to temperature development and active layer thickness data, which can be integrated into their models. Practical recommendations for planning, constructing and maintaining infrastructure in mountain Permafrost. Due to their complexity, is not appropriate to develop general, all-encompassing ‘recipes’ for sustainable construction in permafrost.

The residual risks, consisting for example of excessive loads, natural hazards and other potential risks should be communicated to the constructors. These guidelines nevertheless describe various challenges and solutions, which are based on the current practical and scientific state-of-the-art regarding permafrost infrastructure, but do not claim to be exhaustive.


During expeditions, the gained data will be read out regularly. Text, photos and graphics unless otherwise noted are under license of: With that in mind, we regularly forward the results of our research to the authorities and publish key findings. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 28, 1: Data, 7,doi: Distribution of the GTN-P measurement stations in arctic and subarctic regions, which collect permafrost temperature and active layer thickness data in the summer season.

Estimating non-conductive heat flow leading to intra-permafrost talik formation at the Ritigraben rock glacier western Swiss Alps.

Global data portal for permafrost temperatures and active layer thickness – ESKP

These must be accounted for in the hazard analyses and the residual risk determined according to the serviceability of the infrastructure. Snow and Permafrost Permafrost and Snow Climatology. Every construction project in mountain permafrost is unique and requires specially adapted solutions in order to account permafrostt the many exceptional situations which can be encountered.

The pegmafrost realization of construction projects in mountain permafrost areas is a technical and logistic challenge for all parties involved. Depending on the ice content and rock temperatures, the opening of cracks may be accelerated. Thawing in scree slopes frees up additional material for landslides and debris flows, while thawing of permafrost rock walls is leading to an increase in rockslides.

Rock slope failure on Piz Kesch, GR. The systematic recording and analysis of measurement data can also be used as an early warning system.

How does snow influence the temperature of frozen rock walls? The reliability on global models will be increased hereby.

Global data portal for permafrost temperatures and active layer thickness

Structures typically found in the Swiss Alps include mountain railway and cable car stations, pylons, restaurants, mountain shelters, water pipelines, avalanche barriers, telecommunication facilities, snow sheds and railway tracks. New measurement results are included in the database after 12 months by the GTN-P team. A novel ij of measurement and modelling techniques is being used to determine snow distribution and its impacts on the underlying rock in extremely steep terrain.