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Research article 06 Feb 2019

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A decade of detailed observations (2008–2018) in steep bedrock permafrost at Matterhorn Hörnligrat (Zermatt, CH)

Samuel Weber1,2, Jan Beutel1, Reto Da Forno1, Alain Geiger3, Stephan Gruber4, Tonio Gsell1, Andreas Hasler5, Matthias Keller1, Roman Lim1, Philippe Limpach3, Matthias Meyer1, Igor Talzi6, Lothar Thiele1, Christian Tschudin6, Andreas Vieli2, Daniel Vonder Mühll7, and Mustafa Yücel1 Samuel Weber et al.
  • 1Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 4Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • 5SensAlpin GmbH, Davos, Switzerland
  • 6Computer Science Department, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 7SystemsX.ch Management Office, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract. The PermaSense project is an ongoing interdisciplinary effort between geo-science and engineering disciplines started in 2006 with the goals to make observations possible that previously have not been possible. Specifically the aims are to obtain measurements data in unprecedented quantity and quality based on technological advances. This paper describes a unique ten+ year data record obtained from in-situ measurements in steep bedrock permafrost in an Alpine environment on the Matterhorn Hörnligrat, Zermatt Switzerland at 3500 m a.s.l. Through the utilization of state-of-the-art wireless sensor technology it was possible to obtain more data of higher quality, make this data available in near real-time and tightly monitor and control the running experiments. This data set (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.897640, Weber et al., 2019a) constitutes the longest, densest and most diverse data record in the history of mountain permafrost research worldwide with 17 different sensor types used at 29 distinct sensor locations consisting of over 114.5 million data points captured over a period of ten+ years. By documenting and sharing this data in this form we contribute to making our past research reproducible and facilitate future research based on this data e.g. in the area of analysis methodology, comparative studies, assessment of change in the environment, natural hazard warning and the development of process models.

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In-situ measurements in steep bedrock permafrost in an Alpine environment on the Matterhorn Hörnligrat, Zermatt Switzerland S. Weber, J. Beutel, R. Da Forno, A. Geiger, S. Gruber, T. Gsell, A. Hasler, M. Keller, R. Lim, P. Limpach, M. Meyer, I. Talzi, L. Thiele, C. Tschudin, A. Vieli, D. Vonder Mühll, and M. Yücel https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.897640

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Code for PermaSense GSN data management S. Weber, J. Beutel, and M. Meyer https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2542714

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In this manuscript, we describe a unique ten+ year data record obtained from in-situ measurements in steep bedrock permafrost in an Alpine environment on the Matterhorn Hörnligrat, Zermatt Switzerland at 3500 m a.s.l. By documenting and sharing this data in this form we contribute to facilitate future research based on this data e.g. in the area of analysis methodology, comparative studies, assessment of change in the environment, natural hazard warning and the development of process models.
In this manuscript, we describe a unique ten+ year data record obtained from in-situ...
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