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RU1: Carbon and ice sheets

Nobody knows how much carbon is stored beneath ice sheets or how much will be released as the earth continues to warm. This prevents scientists from predicting, and policy makers from preparing for, future changes ocean biogeochemistry, and the global climate.

 We are for the first time quantifying the extensive stores of carbon and methane hydrate beneath present-day ice sheets. We are drilling deep boreholes in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and performing geochemical and microbiological analyses of the extracted ice and sediments. In addition, we are analysing surface sediments and potential gas hydrates, and using offshore seismic and multi-beam data to establish likely sediment distributions beneath the ice.

 Our aim is to transform scientific understanding of carbon cycling processes under the ice and produce the first comprehensive inventory of sub-ice sheet carbon.

Research Leads

Professor Alun Hubbard

RU1 Research Lead

Dr Henry Patton

RU1 Assistant Research Lead

Early Career Scientists

Postdoctoral Fellowships

iC3 offers a friendly and supportive working environment to early career researchers who are passionate about polar science.

iC3 Research Opportunities

Department for Geosciences UiT The Arctic University of Norway Dramsvegen 201 9014, Tromsø Norway

Dr Terri Souster

iC3 Centre Manager

Till Bruckner

Communications Advisor

iC3: Centre for ice, Cryosphere, Carbon and Climate is funded by the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence funding scheme, grant number 332635.

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