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Scientists who study climate and ecosystems in the Arctic have weighed in on future changes in the region affecting soils, streams and wildfire, which will be releasing greater amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Because the Arctic is home to billions of tons of naturally occurring carbon stored in frozen soil, researchers are turning their focus to trying to quantify potential effects of large-scale permafrost thawing.
As temperatures melt the arctic permafrost, thawing billions of bacteria in the soil, the microbes wake up hungry and begin eating all the carbon in sight, accelerating the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
These results were published in Nature Climate Change this week, following one of the first field studies of its kind.
Ted Schuur, professor of ecosystem ecology, ran the field study in Alaska and worked collaboratively with a team of researchers.
“We found as soon as the… Read more