Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1109–1129, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1109-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1109–1129, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1109-2020

Research article 10 Mar 2020

Research article | 10 Mar 2020

Understanding the relative importance of vertical and horizontal flow in ice-wedge polygons

Nathan A. Wales et al.

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Rapid warming in the Arctic is causing increased permafrost temperatures and ground ice degradation. To study the effects of ice degradation on water distribution, tracer was applied to two end members of ice-wedge polygons – a ubiquitous landform in the Arctic. End member type was found to significantly affect water distribution as lower flux was observed with ice-wedge degradation. Results suggest ice degradation can influence partitioning of sequestered carbon as carbon dioxide or methane.