Special Issue Paper
Recent Progress (2007–2012) in Permafrost Isotope Geochemistry
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Permafrost and Periglacial Processes
How to Cite
Lacelle, D. and Vasil'chuk, Y. K. (2013), Recent Progress (2007–2012) in Permafrost Isotope Geochemistry. Permafrost Periglac. Process.. doi: 10.1002/ppp.1768
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 21 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUL 2012
- ground ice;
- active layer
This paper reviews contributions to permafrost isotope geochemistry published between 2007 and 2012 and proposes future research directions. It focuses on: (1) the origin and age of ground ice; (2) geochemistry and water movement in the active and transient layers; and (3) geochemistry and water movement in deep permafrost. The use of isotope geochemistry to study permafrost-related processes has grown significantly over the last few years. These processes have been elucidated by combining geochemical and isotope measurements from different components of permafrost. Such combination has yielded new insights, for example, into the water source and transfer processes that lead to the formation of ground ice, as well as groundwater movement and residence time in permafrost. Permafrost isotope geochemistry has a promising future and should provide valuable tools for the study of a rapidly changing permafrost environment. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.