Permafrost Carbon Network

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Our Outreach efforts include Scientific Outreach, Public engagement, and Decisions maker support

scientific outreach and engagement

The Permafrost Carbon Network is an open network encouraging interested scientists to participate in all ongoing synthesis activities. Members of the steering committee have given numerous presentations at national and international conferences presenting activities and results from synthesis activities of the Permafrost Carbon Network. A broad scientific audience is being reached by organizing permafrost focused sessions at national and international research conferences. Over the last five years, the Permafrost Carbon Network has organized a number of different sessions and will continue hosting sessions at upcoming conferences.


Session Organization

5-Year synthesis report, published 2015

American Geophysical Union 2017, New Orleans, LA, USA
Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change

American Geophysical Union 2011-2016, San Francisco, CA, USA
Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change

European Geosciences Union, 2012-2014, Vienna, Austria
Assessing the effects of global warming on permafrost degradation - contributions from field studies, remote sensing and modelling

Our Common Future under Climate Change 2015, Paris, France
Biogeochemical Feedbacks to Climate Change

XI. International Conference on Permafrost 2016, Potsdam, Germany
Climate Change and the Permafrost Carbon Feedback: Past, Present, and Future

2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost, Sapporo, Japan
Climate Change and the Carbon Balance in Permafrost


5-Year Synthesis Report

The content of this report highlights the results of 5-years of synthesis research.

Prepared by Christina Schädel, A. David McGuire, Edward AG Schuur with contributions from members of the Permafrost Carbon Network

Download the report here.




Guest editors for special issue

Focus on Changing Permafrost in a Warming World: Observation and Implication
Environmental Research Letters: Published papers 25+

Guest editors:
Edward AG Schuur, Guido Grosse, A.David McGuire, Vladimir Romanovsky, Scott Goetz



Early career scientists that were sponsored by Climate and Cryosphere to attend a lead and co-lead workshop have prepared a 'Frostbyte', a so called soundbite of cool research, they can be viewed on the Website of Climate and Cryosphere.

  • Vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change by Christina Schädel
  • Mapping thermokarst pre-disposition at the pan-arctic scale by David Olefeldt
  • Methane exchange within permafrost landscapes-contribution of lakes by Marin Wik
  • Permafrost carbon on its journey from land-to-ocean by Jorien Vonk
  • Thermokarst lake dynamics in permafrost peatlands during recent decades by Britta Sannel
  • Permafrost carbon and climate change by Sue Natali
  • Detecting permafrost aggradation in peatland ecosystems to understand the effects of climate byClaire Treat
  • Organic carbon stocks in ice-rich permafrost of the Yedoma region by Jens Strauss
  • Permafrost sub-system in the Earth's eco-climate system by Kazuyuki Saito


    Public Engagement

    As part of our outreach activities, members of the steering committee and the entire Permafrost Carbon Network have given input to many press releases, interviews and have written articles and blog posts for a broad audience. News articles have appeared in news services such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Syndey Morning Herald, The Guardian, Science Magazine, Daily Californian, The Economist, Climate Central. The items listed below are an extract only of public engagment activities related to Permafrost Carbon Network activities.


    Press releases for the following publications:

    Climate Change: High risk of permafrost thaw (Nature)>18 news articles and blog posts
    Climate Change and the Permafrost Carbon Feedback (Nature) > 60 news articles and blog postss
    A simplified, data-constrained approach to estimate the permafrost carbon-climate feedback (Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng) 6 news articles publisheds
    Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils (Nature Clim. Change) >39 news articles and blog posts

    Interviews: (2016 only, PI's and schÄdel)

    Blick in die Zukunft des Permafrost (in German,

    Sprengsätze am Polarkreis (in German, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

    Melting Arctic Could Supercharge Climate Feedback Loop (Climate Central)

    Carbon dioxide biggest player in thawing permafrost (NAU News)

    Articles and blogposts


    Frozen Ground
    Research Coordination Network on the vulnerability of permafrost carbon, 2011
    Short communication on network related activities: research coordination network on the vulnerability of permafrost carbon, 2013

    The Carbon Brief:
    What the latest science says about thawing permafrost, 2015

    World Wildlife Foundation
    The Circle. Permafrost carbon and climate change, 2015

    Witness the Arctic:
    Sensitivity of tundra carbon balance to warming and permafrost thaw


    Decision maker support


    Over the last years, members of the steeering committee have contributed to multiple reports such as Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost (report published by United Nations Environment Program in November 2012) and have participated in the Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill (2013), which was organized by the American Geophysical Uniot to develop ongoing relationships between policy makers and scientists. In 2016, Ted Schuur participated in the Arctic Alerts 2016 - Congressional briefing and media roundtable in Washington, DC.

    National and International synthesis science reports

    Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost: the UNEP report is available for download as a pdf

    Snow, Ice, Water, and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA), prepared by thge Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, Arctic Council. Read more here

    The State of the Carbon Cucle Report (SOCCR), released as a US Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product. The new report will be out soon.

    International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group I-Chapter 6 Carbon (IPCC-website)

    Briefing reports:

    International Permafrost Association (IPA) - Study of Environmental Arctic Change and the Permafrsot Carbon Network

    National Academies Polar Research Board - Rapid Change at the Poles

    Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) - Permafrost Carbon Network Progress on Milestone 3.2.3

    US Global Research Program (USGCRP) and State Departement in Advance of President Obama's presentation at the GLACIER conference in 2015

    Arctic Alerts 2016 - Congressional briefing and media roundtable


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