A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground

January 3, 2013

What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It’s part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world’s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere. The approach combines several remote-sensing tools to study the Arctic landscape in high resolution. It was developed by a group of researchers as part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE-Arctic) project. Berkeley Lab ESD scientists Susan Hubbard, Baptiste Dafflon, Haruko Wainwright, John Peterson, Craig Ulrich, and Yuxin Wu contributed to the research. More>

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