Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3875–3887, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-3875-2022

Special issue: Extreme environment datasets for the three poles

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3875–3887, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-3875-2022
Data description paper
31 Aug 2022
Data description paper | 31 Aug 2022

Retrogressive thaw slumps along the Qinghai–Tibet Engineering Corridor: a comprehensive inventory and their distribution characteristics

Zhuoxuan Xia et al.

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Retrogressive thaw slumps are slope failures resulting from abrupt permafrost thaw, and are widely distributed along the Qinghai–Tibet Engineering Corridor. The potential damage to infrastructure and carbon emission of thaw slumps motivated us to obtain an inventory of thaw slumps. We used a semi-automatic method to map 875 thaw slumps, filling the knowledge gap of thaw slump locations and providing key benchmarks for analysing the distribution features and quantifying spatio-temporal changes.