Permafrost and the global carbon cycle: A research and education synthesis towards understanding terrestrial feedbacks to climate change

Principal Investigators:

Edward A.G. Schuur

At present, increasing greenhouse gases responsible for climate change are largely a result of human activities. However, climate change may alter the natural cycling of carbon (C) in ecosystems far from direct human influence. Because of the size and nature of the permafrost C pool, decomposition of previously frozen, old organic C is one of the most likely positive feedbacks from terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. Sustained transfers of C to the atmosphere that could cause a significant positive feedback from permafrost to climate change... more

Participants and Meetings

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow20th August 2009—5th June 2010Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Edward A.G. Schuurtschuur@ufl.eduUniversity of Florida

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Grosse, Guido; Harden, Jennifer W.; Turetsky, Merritt R.; McGuire, A. David; Camill, Philip; Tarnocai, Charles; Frolking, Steve; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Jorgenson, Torre; Marchenko, Sergei; Romanovsky, Vladimir; Wickland, Kimberly P.; French, Nancy; Waldrop, Mark P.; Bourgeau-Chavez, Laura; Striegl, Robert G. 2011. Vulnerability of high-latitude soil organic carbon in North America to disturbance. Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol: 116. Pages 1-23. (Online version)
Journal Article Kuhry, Peter; Dorrepaal, E.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Tarnocai, Charles. 2010. Potential remobilization of belowground permafrost carbon under future global warming. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. Vol: 21. Pages 208-214. (Online version)
Journal Article Lavoie, M.; Mack, Michelle C.; Schuur, Edward A.G. 2011. Effects of elevated nitrogen and temperature on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in Alaskan arctic and boreal soils. Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol: 116(G3). Pages 1-14. (Online version)
Journal Article Mack, Michelle C.; Bret-Harte, Syndonia; Hollingsworth, Teresa N.; Jandt, Randi R.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Shaver, Gaius R.; Verbyla, David L. 2011. Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire. Nature. Vol: 475(7357). Pages 489-492. (Online version)
"Permafrost and the global carbon cycle: A research and education synthesis towards understanding terrestrial feedbacks to climate change " is project ID: 12356