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09 Jun 2016
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Challenges and solutions for long-term permafrost borehole temperature monitoring and data interpretation

Rachel Luethi and Marcia Phillips

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Long-term borehole temperature monitoring in mountain permafrost environments is challenging under the hostile conditions reigning there. On the basis of data measured in the SLF borehole network we show situations where ground temperature data should be interpreted with caution. A selection of recently observed problems are discussed, and advantages and possible drawbacks of various solutions including data correction, measurement redundancy or alternate instrumentation are presented.