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RU2: Methane, nutrients and carbon

Melting ice sheets discharge large volumes of water and sediments, and with them, release previously overridden organic and inorganic matter to glacial margins and oceans. This released material takes many forms (e.g. nutrients, heavy metals, greenhouse gases), but our current scientific understanding on how it directly or indirectly impacts surrounding environments remains very limited. This leaves it unclear how future ice melt will affect oceans and the global climate beyond sea level rise and changing landscapes.

To close this knowledge gap, we aim to increase our monitoring of greenhouse gases, nutrients, and organic carbon released in glacial runoff and recently deglaciated areas in Greenland and Svalbard over a period of ten years. We are studying how the different compounds interact and investigating how they are cycled by microbes. We are modelling how these processes play out on a global level. Our goal is to produce the first reliable model of how nutrients and carbon in ice sheet forefields will affect the global climate.

Research Leads

Dr Guillaume Lamarche-Gagnon

RU2 Research Lead

Adjunct Associate Professor Jon Hawkings

RU2 Assistant Research Lead

Early Career Scientists

PhD Research Opportunities

iC3 offers a friendly and supportive working environment to early career researchers and masters students 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

ic3manager@uit.no

Till Bruckner

Communications Advisor

till.d.bruckner@uit.no

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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