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RU5: Future climate and oceans

The impact of retreating ice sheets on the earth’s future carbon cycle and ocean ecosystems is a major unknown. Scientists still disagree on whether the polar regions will emit or absorb carbon over the coming decades, and we know very little about how life in the oceans will alter with ice sheet change. 

We are addressing this major gap in scientific knowledge by pulling together data gathered by iC3 researchers and comprehensively mapping nutrient and carbon fluxes in Greenland and Antarctica. We are modelling the complex interactions between ice, land, ocean, atmosphere and the various  organisms they contain. We are assessing whether the retreat of ice sheets and their direct and indirect effects on marine systems will act as accelerator or brake on global warming, and how they will impact the precious ocean ecosystems on which human lives and livelihoods depend.

Our aim is to provide national and international initiatives, including the IPCC and IPBES, with a reliable way to assess how the retreat of polar ice sheets will affect Earth’s future climate and marine ecosystems.

Research Leads

Professor Jemma Wadham

RU5 Research Lead

Adjunct Professor Petra Langebroek

RU5 Assistant Research Lead

Dr Pedro Duarte

RU5 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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