A major investigation into the impact of thawing permafrost and the subsequent release of frozen carbon on coastlines in the Siberian Arctic has been announced.
The Arctic region houses enormous quantities of carbon locked away in frozen soil and ice, known as permafrost. The quantity of carbon in permafrost far exceeds the amount held in forests or in the atmosphere, so any change in the amount of carbon released in this area is of huge global concern.
The UK Natural Environment Research Council has launched its Changing Arctic Ocean research programme, to investigate how climate change is affecting biology and biogeochemical processes in the Arctic Ocean.
As part of this international project, Dr Paul Mann from Northumbria University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences has been named as the lead on the €800,000 CACOON – Changing Arctic Carbon Cycle in the Coastal Ocean Nearshore project.