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Collaborative Research on the Impact of Permafrost Degradation on Carbon and Water in Boreal Ecosystems

Examining permafrost in a soil pit

Project Personnel:

Jennifer Harden, Qianlai Zhuang, Rob Striegl, Yuri Shur, M. Torre Jorgenson


Jon O’Donnell (UAF/USGS, now NPS), Kim Wickland (USGS), Josh Koch (USGS), Kristen Manies (USGS), Stephanie Ewing (Montana State)


NSF Division of Earth Sciences EAR-0630249 USGS Climate, Research and Development Program for Climate and Landuse Change


To understand the impacts of permafrost degradation (thaw) on ecosystem carbon and water cycling, which is critical to the management of habitats and fires on federal lands.

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