Geosciences Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 503–516 | Cite as

Thermal characteristics of soil and water during summer at King Sejong Station, King George Island, Antarctica

  • Jin-Yong Lee
  • Hyoun Soo LimEmail author
  • Ho Il Yoon


Soil temperatures, water temperatures, and weather parameters were monitored at a variety of locations in the vicinity of King Sejong station, King George Island, Antarctica, during summer 2010–2011. Thermal characteristics of soil and water were analysed using time-series analyses, apparent thermal diffusivity (ATD), and active layer thickness. The temperatures of pond water and nearby seawater showed the distinctive diurnal variations and correlated strongly with solar radiation (r = 0.411–0.797). Soil temperature (0.1–0.3 m depth) also showed diurnal fluctuations that decreased with depth and were directly linked to air temperature (r = 0.513–0.783) rather than to solar radiation; correlation decreased with depth and the time lag in the response increased by 2–3 hours per 0.1 m of soil depth. Owing to the lack of snow cover, summertime soil temperature was not decoupled from air temperature. Estimated ATD was between 0.022 and 29.209 mm2/sec, showed temporal and spatial variations, and correlated strongly with soil moisture content. The maximum estimated active layer thickness in the study area was a 41–70 cm, which is consistent with values reported in the previous work.


soil and water temperatures time series analysis apparent thermal diffusivity active layer Antarctica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyKangwon National UniversityChuncheonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesPusan National UniversityBusanRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Korea Polar Research InstituteIncheonRepublic of Korea

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