(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Characterisation of the permafrost carbon pool

published at : Transactions of the International Permafrost Association

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KUHRY P. (1) ; GROSSE G. (2) ; HARDEN J.W. (3) ; HUGELIUS G. (1) ; KOVEN C.D. (4) ; PING C.-L. (5) ; SCHIRRMEISTER L. (6) ; TARNOCAI C. (7) ;
(1) Dep. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Univ., Stockholm, SUEDE
(2) Geophysical Inst., Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks, ETATS-UNIS
(3) US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, ETATS-UNIS
(4) Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., Berkeley, ETATS-UNIS
(5) Palmer Research Center, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, Palmer, ETATS-UNIS
(6) Alfred Wegener Inst. for Polar and Marine Research, Research Unit, Potsdam, ALLEMAGNE
(7) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, CANADA


The current estimate of the soil organic carbon (SOC) pool in the northern permafrost region of 1672 Petagrams (Pg) C is much larger than previously reported and needs to be incorporated in global soil carbon (C) inventories. The Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database (NCSCD), extended to include the range 0-300 cm, is now available online. An aim is to provide quantitative uncertainty ranges for C pool estimates. Recent studies have greatly improved understanding of the regional patterns, landscape distribution and vertical (soil horizon) partitioning of the permafrost C pool in the upper 3 m of soils. However, the deeper C pools in unconsolidated Quaternary deposits need to be better constrained. A general lability classification of the permafrost C pool should be developed to address potential C release upon thaw. The permafrost C pool and its dynamics are beginning to be incorporated into Earth System models


Thematical fascicle

published at : Permafrost and periglacial processes / ISSN 1045-6740 / CODEN PEPPED

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1990)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 24, no 2 [pp. 146-155]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



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