This project seeks to understand the strength and thaw consolidation characteristics of permafrost sediments through a comprehensive laboratory program. Starting with existing laboratory data, both published and from industry where available, we will build a geotechnical permafrost soils database in collaboration with the other projects in the network. The specific data gaps, the quality and reliability of the data will inform the direction of the experimental pro- gram, adding to previous databases that have compiled mostly geotechnical index properties.
This project will develop methods and tools for evaluating permafrost models with
observational data. This is important because the lack of meaningful and quantitative evaluation of
permafrost simulation results impedes the improvement of simulation tools and the use of their
outputs for informing adaptation design or policy. This project will use the database compiled in
PermafrostNet (PINGO) as a source of observational evidence to provide confidence in
simulation-based permafrost climate services.