56 years of solifluction measurements in the Abisko mountains, northern Sweden - analysis of temporal and spatial variations of slow soil surface movement

Hanna Ridefelt, Jonas Åkerman, Achim A. Beylich, Jan Boelhouwers, Else Kolstrup, Rolf Nyberg

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Abstract

Solifluction movement rates from 1952 to 2008 for the Abisko region, northern Sweden, have been compiled and analysed through correlation tests and multiple regression. The temporal analysis is based on two datasets (Lobe11 & gridAB and Line B) from Karkevagge. The dataset Lobe11 & gridAB show a strong correlation between movement rates and mean annual air temperature (MAAT) and MAAT is also identified as one of the significant contributing parameters in the multiple regression model. No significant correlations were found for the Line B dataset. The spatial analysis indicates generally higher movement rates in the western part of the region and at lower altitudes mainly between 700 and 900 m a.s.l., but the spatial variability is high. To reduce the influence of the temporal variation the data for the correlation tests of the spatial variations were divided into two parts: 1957 to 1980 and 1981 to 2008. The correlation analysis of the dataset 1957 to 1980 shows a significant negative correlation between annual average movement rates and permafrost probability and altitude. The dataset 1981 to 2008 shows a positive correlation between movement rates and wetness index. It is concluded that movement rates may increase with higher MAAT in the western part of the region (Karkevagge), the spatial variability of movement rates within the region is very high and that altitude (and/or permafrost) together with wetness index are the main controls on the regional spatial variation. The study highlights the limitations in establishing statistical relationships between movement rates and climate using data from different field empirical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-232
JournalGeografiska Annaler. Series A. Physical Geography
Volume91A
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Physical Geography

Keywords

  • Abisko
  • long-term measurement
  • solifluction movement

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