ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series with Ted Schuur of Northern Arizona University

ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series

Event Type: Webinars and Virtual Events

When: 28 April 2016

Where: ARCUS DC Office - 1201 New York Avenue, NW. Fourth Floor. Washington, DC or online for live webinar: 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

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There is growing realization of the strong interactions between degradation of near-surface permafrost on the dynamics of ecosystems, and that these interactions together influence local and global environmental, economic, and social systems.

Degradation of near-surface permafrost (perennially frozen ground) caused by modern climate change is adversely affecting human infrastructure, altering Arctic ecosystem structure and function, changing the surface energy balance, and has the potential to dramatically impact Arctic hydrological processes and increase greenhouse gas emissions.

The Study of Environmental Change (SEARCH) ( Permafrost Action Team is developing new knowledge about permafrost change impacts on the ecosystem services critical to local residents of the permafrost zone through research synthesis. This framework of synthesis builds on activities of the Permafrost Carbon Network (PCN) (, an international scientific effort that links biological carbon cycle research with networks in the physical sciences focused on the thermal state of permafrost.

This presentation will discuss the use of synthesis science by both the SEARCH Permafrost Action Team and Permafrost Carbon Network to identify and understand the widespread implications of changing permafrost at both regional and global scales.

For more information and to learn about the speaker, please visit the link above.

This event is a brown-bag lunch. Cookies and beverages will be provided. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent to 'Webinar Only' registrants prior to the event.

This event is being conducted in partnership with The Arctic Institute.

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