Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils

Dr. Christina Schädel and Dr. Ted Schuur from NAU participated in a study of increasing temperatures in northern high latitudes, which are causing permafrost to thaw. As the permafrost thaws, the previously frozen organic matter within begins emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, potentially accelerating the thawing of permafrost. This study quantifies variation in the amount of carbon and methane emissions. The research was published in Nature Climate Change.