PhD in quantifying the ice and water content of permafrost with dielectric methods

This project will improve methods for measuring and monitoring ground-ice content and permafrost thaw directly. This is important because changing soil characteristics govern the impacts of permafrost thaw on the natural and built environment, but permafrost temperature alone reveals these changes only incompletely. This project will advance (a) the understanding of soil thaw close to 0ÂșC, (b) in situ measurement of liquid water content in permafrost for tracking thaw, and (c) the geophysical detection of ground ice.