Thawing permafrost is one of the greatest global hazards.
Frozen Arctic soil, or permafrost, stores a vast amount of carbon—double what is currently in the atmosphere. Thawing threatens to release that carbon and set off a vicious cycle of amplified global warming. But the magnitude of the risk is uncertain. We need more information.
Woodwell Climate Research Center is developing a comprehensive system for monitoring and projecting carbon emissions from Arctic permafrost and wildfire. Through a partnership with the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, we are working to ensure these carbon emissions are considered in international climate policy.