7. Permafrost Distribution and Stability

  1. Hugh French2 and
  2. Olav Slaymaker3
  1. Chris Burn

Published Online: 30 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch7

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

How to Cite

Burn, C. (2011) Permafrost Distribution and Stability, in Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective (eds H. French and O. Slaymaker), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Ottawa, Canada

  2. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470699683

Online ISBN: 9781119950172



  • permafrost distribution and stability;
  • permafrost, ground at or below 0°C, two or more years;
  • permafrost zones of Canada;
  • permafrost, areal patterns in mean annual air temperature (MAAT);
  • coastal climatic influence on permafrost, in western arctic Canada;
  • thermal regime of permafrost;
  • geothermal flux, a geologic phenomenon;
  • TTOP model application in permafrost mapping;
  • forest fires, and changes in ground temperature


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Distribution of Permafrost

  • Thermal Regime of Permafrost

  • Permafrost and Climate Change

  • Conclusions

  • References

  • Discussion Questions

  • Some Useful Internet Sources