Anna Liljedahl


Research Focus

  • Permafrost Hydrology

I integrate field measurements and computational modeling to better understand hydrology, permafrost and/or glacier interactions and the controls on the Arctic and sub-arctic hydrologic cycle.

Current or Recent Research Projects

2019-2023 Collaborative research: NNA Track 1: Collaborative Research: The Permafrost Discovery Gateway: Navigating the new Arctic tundra through Big Data, artificial intelligence, and cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation, Integrative & Collaborative Education & Research, Navigating the New Arctic, Awards # 1927872, 1927723, 1927729, 1927720 & 1927920.
Principal Investigators: Anna Liljedahl & Ben Jones, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Amber Budden & Matt Jones, Arctic Data Center, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis; Kenton McHenry, University of Illinois; Jason Cervenec, Ohio State University; Chandi Witharana, University of Connecticut. Co-Investigators: Guido Grosse & Ingmar Nitze, Alfred Wegener Institute; Michael Brubaker, Center for Climate & Health at Alaska Pacific University; Paul Morin, Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota; Galina Wind, NASA, Aiman Soliman, University of Illinois; Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University & Jennifer Moss, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Permafrost Discovery Gateway Website

2019-2024 NNA Track 1: Landscape evolution and adapting to change in ice-rich permafrost systems
National Science Foundation, Integrative & Collaborative Education & Research, Navigating the New Arctic, Award # 1928237.
Principal Investigators: Skip Walker, Gary Kofinas, Vladimir Romanovsky, Yuri Shur, & Anna Liljedahl, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2018-2020: Collaborative research: Patterns, dynamics, and vulnerability of Arctic polygonal ecosystems: From ice-wedge polygon to pan-Arctic landscapes
National Science Foundation, Arctic Systems Science Research, #1722572
Principal Investigator: Anna Liljedahl. Collaborators are Mikhail Kanevskiy and Torre Jorgenson, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Ronald Daanen, Division of Geophysical and Geological Surveys; Chandi Witharana, University of Connecticut, and Howard Epstein, University of Virginia.

2015-2018: Methane release from thermokarst lakes: Thresholds and feedbacks in the lake to watershed hydrology-permafrost system
National Science Foundation, Arctic System Science Program
Principal Investigator: Anna Liljedahl. Collaborators are Katey Walter Anthony, Vladimir Romanovsky and David Barnes, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Ronald Daanen, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources.

2015-2018: Developing a system model of Arctic glacial-lacustrine sedimentation for investigating past and future climate change
National Science Foundation, Arctic System Science Program
Principal Investigator: Nicholas McKay. Collaborators are Darrell Kaufman, David Fortin, Erik Schiefer, Northern Arizona State University; Michael Loso, Alaska Pacific University, and Matt Nolan, UAF.

Project website: Arctic Glacial Lakes

2014-2017: Collaborative research: Ice regime shifts of Arctic lakes drive interactions and feedbacks with permafrost and climate
National Science Foundation, Arctic System Science Program
Principal Investigator: Chris Arp. Collaborators are Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming; Ben Jones, U.S. Geological Survey; Ronald Daanen, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Alaska Dept. Natural Resources; and Vladimir Alexeev, UAF.

2013-2016: Fish CAFE: Response of an Arctic freshwater ecosystem to climate and land-use change in the Fish Creek watershed, Beaufort Coastal Plain of Alaska
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Principal Investigator: Chris Arp. Collaborators are Ben Jones, U.S. Geological Survey; Matthew Whittman, Bureau of Land Management; Ronald Daanen, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Alaska Dept. Natural Resources; Vladimir Alexeev, UAF.

Project website: FishCAFE

2013-2016: What role do glaciers play in subarctic terrestrial hydrology?
National Science Foundation, Arctic System Science Program
Principal Investigator: Anna Liljedahl. Collaborators are Seth Campbell, Univ. of Maine; Thomas Douglas, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory; Jing Zhang, North Carolina State Univ.; Regine Hock and Tom Trainor, UAF.

Project website: Jarvis Creek Study

2012-2015: Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments – Arctic
Department of Energy
Principal Investigator: Stan Wullschleger, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Project website: NGEE-Arctic

2012-2015: Predicting climate impacts and feedbacks in the terrestrial Arctic
Department of Energy
Principal Investigator: Scott Painter, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Collaborators are Cathy Wilson and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Larry Hinzman, UAF.

2012-2014: Estimating future flood frequency and magnitude in basins affected by glacier wastage
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium and Alaska University Transportation Center
Principal Investigator: Liljedahl. Collaborator: Anthony Arendt, UAF.

Project web page: Jarvis Creek Study

2012-2014: Future glacier and runoff changes in the Susitna drainage basin
Alaska Energy Authority
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Wolken, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Alaska Dept. Natural Resources. Collaborator is Regine Hock, UAF.

Installation of weather station at 5000ft elevation in the Susitna River basin, Alaska Range, June 2012.

2012: Monitoring runoff in glaciated watersheds to assess groundwater recharge and flooding risks
National Institute for Water Resources
Principal Investigator: Liljedahl. Collaborator Anthony Arendt, UAF.

Project web page: Jarvis Creek Study

2011-2014: Addressing the impacts of climate change on U.S. Army Alaska with decision support tools developed through field work and modeling

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Department of Defense
Principal Investigator: Thomas Douglas, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Collaborators are Torre Jorgenson, Alaska Ecoscience; Sergei Marchenko, UAF; Charles Downer and Nawa Pradhan, Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory.

  • Umea University, Sweden Earth Science/Physical Geography, M.S. 2005
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Hydrology, Ph.D., 2011
  • 2016-Present: Research Associate Professor, Water & Environmental Research Center (WERC), Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), UAF
  • 2015-2016: Research Assistant Professor, WERC, INE, UAF
  • 2012-Present: Affiliated Faculty, Glaciers Group, Geophysical Institute, UAF
  • 2011-Present: Associated Faculty, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, UAF
  • 2011-2015: Research Assistant Professor, WERC, INE and the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), UAF
  • 2004-2011: Research Assistant, INE and IARC, UAF

Selected Publications

Link to Scholar Citation Page

Liljedahl, A.K., A. Gädeke, S. O’Neel, T.A. Gatesman and T.A. Douglas (2017), Glacierized headwater streams as aquifer recharge corridors, subarctic Alaska, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(13), 6876-6885

Liljedahl, A.K., L.D. Hinzman, D.L. Kane, W.C. Oechel, C.E. Tweedie and D. Zona (2017), Tundra water budget and implications of precipitation underestimation, Water Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2016WR020001

Raz‐Yaseef, N., M.S. Torn, Y. Wu, D.P. Billesbach, A.K. Liljedahl, T.J. Kneafsey, V.E. Romanovsky, D.R. Cook, and S.D. Wullschleger (2017), Large CO2 and CH4 emissions from polygonal tundra during spring thaw in northern Alaska, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(1), 504-513.

Jones, B.M., C.D. Arp, M. S. Whitman, D. Nigro, I. Nitze, J. Beaver, A. Gädeke, C. Zuck, A. Liljedahl, R. Daanen and E. Torvinen  (2017), A lake-centric geospatial database to guide research and inform management decisions in an Arctic watershed in northern Alaska experiencing climate and land-use changes, Ambio, 1-18.

Wainwrigh, H.M, A.K. Liljedahl, B. Dafflon, C. Ulrich, J.E. Peterson, A. Gusmeroli, and S.S. Hubbard (2017), Mapping snow depth within a tundra ecosystem using multiscale observations and Bayesian methods, The Cryosphere, 11, 857-875, doi:10.5194/tc-11-857-2017.

Liljedahl, A.K., J. Boike, R.P. Daanen, A.N. Fedorov, G.V. Frost, G. Grosse, L.D. Hinzman,Y. Iijma, J.C. Jorgenson, N. Matveyeva, M. Necsoiu, M.K. Raynolds, V. Romanovsky, J. Schulla, K.D. Tape, D.A. Walker, C. Wilson, H. Yabuki and D. Zona (2016). Pan-Arctic ice-wedge degradation in warming permafrost and its influence on tundra hydrology, Nature Geoscience 9, 312-318.

Zona, D., B. Gioli, R. Commane, J.O. Lindaas, S.C. Wofsy, C.E. Miller, S.J. Dinardo, S. Dengel, C. Sweeney, A. Karion, R. Y.-W. Chang, J.M. Henderson, P. Murphy, V. Moreaux, A. Liljedahl, J.D. Watts, J.S. Kimball, D.A. Lipson and W.C. Oechel (2016). Cold season emission dominate the Arctic tundra methane budget, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(1), 40-45.

Arp, C.D, B.M. Jones, A.K. Liljedahl, K.M. Hinkel and J.A. Welker (2015). Depth, ice thickness, and ice‐out timing cause divergent hydrologic responses among Arctic lakes, Water Resources Research 51(12), 9379-9401.

Atchley, A.L., S.L. Painter, D.R. Harp, E.T. Coon, C.J. Wilson, A.K. Liljedahl and V.E. Romanovsky (2015). Using field observations to inform thermal hydrology models of permafrost dynamics with ATS (v0.83), Geoscientific Model Development 8(9), 2701-2722.

Douglas, T., T. Jorgenson, D. Brown, S. Campbell, C. Hiemstra, S. Saari, K. Bjella and A. Liljedahl (2015). Degrading permafrost mapped with electrical resistivity tomography, airborne imagery and LiDAR, and seasonal thaw measurements, Geophysics 81(1), WA71-WA85.

Floyd, A., A. Prakash, R. Gens, F. Meyer and A. Liljedahl (2014). Applicability of synthetic aperture radar to define river breakup on the Kuparuk River, Northern Alaska, Arctic 67(4), 462-471.

Gangodagamage, C., J. C. Rowland, S. S. Hubbard, S. P. Brumby, A. K. Liljedahl, H. Wainwright, C. J. Wilson, G. L. Altmann, B. Dafflon, J. Peterson, C. Ulrich, C. E. Tweedie and S.D. Wullschleger (2014). Extrapolating active layer thickness measurements across Arctic polygonal terrain using LiDAR and NDVI data sets, Water Resources Research 50(8), 6339-6357.

Zona, D., D.A. Lipson, J.H. Richards, G.K. Phoenix, A.K. Liljedahl, M. Ueyama, C.S. Sturtevant and W.C. Oechel (2014). Delayed responses of an Arctic ecosystem to an extreme summer: impacts on net ecosystem exchange and vegetation functioning, Biogeosciences 11(20), 5877-5888.

Skurikhin, A.N., A. Liljedahl, C. Wilson and J. Rowland (2014). Recursive active contours for hierarchical segmentation of wetlands in high-resolution satellite imagery of Arctic landscapes, In Southwest Symposium of Image Analysis and Interpretations, pp. 137-140.

Liljedahl, A.K, L.D. Hinzman and J. Schulla (2012). Ice-wedge polygon type controls low-gradient watershed-scale hydrology, In Tenth International Conference on Permafrost Vol. 1: International Contributions, Hinkel K. M. (Ed.), The Northern Publisher, Salekhard, Russia, pp 231-236.

Liljedahl, A.K. (2011). The hydrologic regime at sub-arctic and arctic watersheds: present and projected, PhD Dissertation, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA, 244 pp.

Liljedahl, A.K., L.D. Hinzman, Y. Harazono, D. Zona, C. Tweedie, R.D. Hollister, R. Engstrom, and W.C. Oechel (2011). Nonlinear controls on evapotranspiration in arctic coastal wetlands Biogeosciences 8, 3375–3389.

Yi, S., A.D. McGuire, J. Harden, E. Kasischke, K. Manies, L. Hinzman, A. Liljedahl, J. Randerson, H. Liu, V. Romanovsky, S. Marchenko and Y. Kim (2009). Interactions between soil thermal and hydrological dynamics in the response of Alaska ecosystems to fire disturbance, Journal of Geophysical Research 114(G2).

Liljedahl, A., L. Hinzman, R. Busey and K. Yoshikawa (2007). Physical short-term changes after a tussock tundra fire, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, Journal of Geophysical Research 112(F2).