Modelling alpine permafrost distribution, Val de Re´chy, Valais Alps (Switzerland)
The spatial distribution of the alpine permafrost is modelled in the uppermost part of Val de Re´chy (Valais Alps, Switzerland) with the use of a geographical information system (GIS). Two empirical-statistical models are compared and their validity tested by a set of bottom temperature of winter snow (BTS) measurements carried out in the field. One model can simulate the spatial distribution of the permafrost facing ground warming consecutive to climatic change. Local/regional maps of simulated permafrost distribution as presented in this paper can be useful in the context of a preventive approach for natural hazards management.