Featured Books on Permafrost

Frozen in Time: Permafrost and Engineering Problems
Mueller Book ImageAuthor: Siemon W. Muller
Publication Year: 2008
Description: Frozen in Time offers an advanced and unusually comprehensive treatment of permafrost science and associated engineering problems. The book is a previously unpublished work by Siemon W. Muller (1900-1970), author of the first English- language book about perennially frozen ground. Muller stopped working on the nearly completed manuscript in the early 1960s and, for reasons unknown, set it aside about the time of the First International Conference on Permafrost in 1963. The manuscript remained "frozen" for several decades, until eventually it was discovered in his files. Editors French and Nelson guided the manuscript through the last phase of revision, provided context through an interpretive introduction, and ushered it through publication. A comprehensive revision and update of the 1947 edition of Muller's classic, this book reads like a how-to manual for engineering personnel working in pioneering or primitive circumstances. Like its predecessor, the book reviews the large Russian-language body of literature devoted to permafrost, but also covers work published in English. Topics include: basic scientific knowledge about perennially frozen ground and the engineering problems associated with it, the geography of permafrost, related elements of landscape science and ecology, periglacial geomorphology, and the physics of frozen ground. This book serves as a valuable historical document and is useful to anyone seeking basic knowledge about permafrost and appropriate methods for coping with associated engineering problems.
Frost Action in Soils: Fundamentals and Mitigation in a Changing Climate
Shoop Book ImageAuthors: Sally A. Shoop
Publication Year: 2020
Description: Frost Action in Soils: Fundamentals and Mitigation in a Changing Climate presents the challenges of cold regions engineering in a changing climate, as well as the current practices and state-of-the-art tools for addressing them. Climate change poses questions regarding associated effects on freeze-thaw action and the potential impacts on pavements and other structures in cold regions. In the last 35 years, significant technological advancements addressing frost action in soils have occurred; and tools for instrumentation, measurement, and computer analysis have improved considerably. The book explores frost action in soils from different perspectives, as presented in three parts. The first section presents the fundamentals of frost heave and thaw weakening, the impacts on roads and other structures, and the projected effects of climate change on frost action. The second section presents mitigation of frost heave and thaw weakening within pavement structures. The third section highlights three case studies dealing with frost action and mitigation for buildings, roadways, and airfields. This book is a valuable resource for engineers, scientists, and government agencies involved in cold regions engineering and the mitigation of frost action on pavements and other structures.
The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science
Pey-yi Book ImageAuthor: Pey-Yi Chu
Publication Year: 2020
Description: In the Anthropocene, the thawing of frozen earth due to global warming has drawn worldwide attention to permafrost. Contemporary scientists define permafrost as ground that maintains a negative temperature for at least two years. But where did this particular conception of permafrost originate, and what alternatives existed? The Life of Permafrost provides an intellectual history of permafrost, placing the phenomenon squarely in the political, social, and material context of Russian and Soviet science. Pey-Yi Chu shows that understandings of frozen earth were shaped by two key experiences in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. On one hand, the colonization and industrialization of Siberia nourished an engineering perspective on frozen earth that viewed the phenomenon as an aggregate physical structure: ground. On the other, a Russian and Soviet tradition of systems thinking encouraged approaching frozen earth as a process, condition, and space tied to planetary exchanges of energy and matter. Aided by the US militarization of the Arctic during the Cold War, the engineering view of frozen earth as an obstacle to construction became dominant. The Life of Permafrost tells the fascinating story of how permafrost came to acquire life as Russian and Soviet scientists studied, named, and defined it.
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Books Related to Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Engineering

The following list of current and historically- based books on permafrost, periglacial processes, cold regions engineering and related subjects is provided to our professional readers and the public as a convenient service. The titles are arranged in chronological order starting with the present. The compilation focuses on English-language books, and does not include the extensive list of books in the Russian language. The majority of the list was provided by F.E. Nelson, Michigan State University.


Yang, D. and Kane, D. (eds., 2021). Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost, and Ecosystems. Springer International Publishing, 914 pp. Chu, Pey-Yi. (2020). The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science, University of Toronto Press, 304 pp.

Shoop, S. A. (2020). Frost Action in Soils: Fundamentals and Mitigation in a Changing Climate. American Society of Civil Engineers, xxx pp.

van Huissteden, J. (2020). Thawing Permafrost: Permafrost Carbon in a Warming Arctic. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland, 520 pp.

Ballantyne, C.K. (2018). Periglacial Geomorphology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 454 pp.

Harris, S.A., Brouchkov, A., and Cheng, Guodong (2018). Geocryology: Characteristics and Use of Frozen Ground and Permafrost Landforms. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 765 pp.

White, Thomas Leslie. "Volume 1: Introduction to Contaminants in Freezing Soils and Permafrost." (2018).

White, Thomas Leslie. "Volume 3: Physical modelling of contaminants in freezing soils and permafrost." (2018).

White, Thomas Leslie. "Volume 13: Contaminant behaviour in freezing soils and permafrost." (2018).

French, H.M. 2017. The Periglacial Environment, Fourth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 544 pp.

Woo, M.-k. (2012). Permafrost Hydrology. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 575 pp.

Jerry Brown (2010) Frozen In Time: Permafrost and Engineering Problems. By Muller, S.W., edited by Hugh M. French, and Frederick E. Nelson, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 42:4, 498, DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246-42.4.498a

Margesin, R. (ed., 2009). Permafrost Soils. Berlin: Springer, 348 pp.

Muller, S.W., edited by Hugh M. French, and Frederick E. Nelson (2008). Frozen In Time: Permafrost and Engineering Problems. American Society of Civil Engineers, 280 pp.

White, Thomas L. Pipelines in Permafrost and Freezing Ground Engineering Resource Library and Database Indexes. Permafrost Environmental Consulting, Incorporated, 2006.

White, Thomas Leslie. "Soil microstructure and the thermodynamic behaviour of permafrost affected soils." In Advances in Cold-Region Thermal Engineering and Sciences: Technological, Environmental, and Climatological Impact Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium Held in Darmstadt, Germany, 22–25 August 1999, pp. 519-532. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2007. 

Kibble, J.M. (ed., 2004). Cryosols: Permafrost-Affected Soils. Berlin: Springer, 726 pp.

Davis, N. (2001). Permafrost: A Guide to Frozen Ground in Transition. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 351 pp.

van Everdingen, R.O. (1998). Multi-Language Glossary of Permafrost and Related Ground-Ice Terms. Calgary: The Arctic Institute of North America, no pagination.

Yershov, E.D. (1998). General Geocryology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 580 pp.

Freitag, D.R. and McFadden, T. (1995). Introduction to Cold Regions Engineering. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers Press, 738 pp.

Ballantyne, C.K. and Harris, C. (1994). The Periglaciation of Great Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 330 pp.

Andersland, O.B. and Ladanyi, B. (1993). An Introduction to Frozen Ground Engineering. New York: Chapman & Hall, 352 pp.

Dixon, J.C. and Abrahams, A.D. (eds., 1992). Periglacial Geomorphology. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 354 pp.

Williams, P.J. and Smith, M.W. (1989). The Frozen Earth: Fundamentals of Geocryology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 306 pp.

Clark, M.J. (ed., 1988). Advances in Periglacial Geomorphology. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 481 pp.

Boardman, J. (ed., 1987). Periglacial Processes and Landforms in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 296 pp.

Harris, S.A. (1986). The Permafrost Environment. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble Books, 276 pp.

Williams, P.J. (1986). Pipelines & Permafrost: Science in a Cold Climate. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 129 pp.

Church, M. and Slaymaker, O. (eds., 1985). Field and Theory: Lectures in Geocryology. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 213 pp.

Phukan, A. (1985). Frozen Ground Engineering. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 336 pp.

Weise, O.R. (1983). Das Periglazial: Geomorphologie und Klima in gletscherfreien, kalten Regionen. Berlin: Gebrüder Borntraeger, 199 pp.

Harris, C. (1982). Periglacial Mass-Wasting: A Review of Research. British Geomorphology Research Monograph 4. Norwich, UK: Geo Abstracts, 204 pp.

Johnston, G.H. (ed., 1981). Permafrost: Engineering Design and Construction. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 540 pp.

Linell, K.A., and Tedrow, J.C.F. (1981). Soil and Permafrost Surveys in the Arctic. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 279 pp.

Lunardini, J.J. (1981). Heat Transfer in Cold Climates. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 731 pp.

Vigdorchik, M.E. (1980). Arctic Pleistocene History and the Development of Submarine Permafrost. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 286 pp.

Vigdorchik, M.E. (1980). Submarine Permafrost on the Alaskan Continental Shelf. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 118 pp.

Washburn, A.L. (1979). Geocryology: A Survey of Periglacial Processes and Environments. London: Edward Arnold, 406 pp.

Andersland, O.B. and Anderson, D.M. (eds., 1978). Geotechnical Engineering for Cold Regions. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 566 pp.

Jumikis, A.R. (1977). Thermal Geotechnics. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 375 pp.

Tedrow, J.C.F. (1977). Soils of the Polar Landscapes. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 638 pp.

King, C.A.M. (ed., 1976). Periglacial Processes. Benchmark Papers in Geology/27. Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Inc., 459 pp.

Embleton, C. and King, C.A.M. (1975). Periglacial Geomorphology. New York: Halsted Press, 203 pp.

Jahn, A. (1975). Problems of the Periglacial Zone. Warsaw: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 223 pp. + 116 photos.

Tsytovich, N.A. (1975). The Mechanics of Frozen Ground. Washington, DC: Scripta Book Company, 426 pp.

Washburn, A.L. (1973). Periglacial Processes and Environments. New York: St. Martin's Press, 320 pp.

Price, L.W. (1972). The Periglacial Environment, Permafrost, and Man. Washington: Association of American Geographers, Commission on College Geography Resource Paper No. 14, 88 pp.

Brown, J.J.E. (1970). Permafrost in Canada: Its Influence on Northern Development. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 234 pp.

Tricart, J. (1970). Geomorphology of Cold Environments. London: Macmillan and Co. Ltd, 320 pp.

Péwé, T.L. (ed., 1969). The Periglacial Environment. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 487 pp.

Hamelin, L.E. and Cook, F.A. (1967). Le Périglaciaire par L'Image/Illustrated Glossary of Periglacial Phenomena. Québec: Les Presses de L'Université Laval, 237 pp.

Mackay, J.R. (1963). The Mackenzie Delta Area, N.W.T. Ottawa: Geographical Branch Memoir 8, 202 pp.

Muller, S.W. (1947). Permafrost or Permanently Frozen Ground and Related Engineering Problems. Ann Arbor, MI: J.W. Edwards, Inc, 231 pp.


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