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Soils, Climate Change and Energy

Ecosystem and landscape-scale studies of soil carbon and nitrogen are important to develop sound strategies for enhancing carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems. Past studies indicate a large potential for landscape-level differences in soil carbon and nitrogen stocks depending on soil type, topography, land-use history, and current land use and land cover. A major objective of the consortium is to promote and perform fundamental research that will lead to methods to enhance carbon sequestration as one component of a broad carbon management strategy.

Soil’s Hidden Secrets

Shocking discoveries from the underground may shake up climate science

Scientists around the world are closing in on some dirty truths about carbon emissions and climate change. Read more at

Carbon Release from Collapsing Coastal Permafrost in Arctic Siberia

In this week's issue of Nature a study led by Stockholm University, with collaborators from Russia, US, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Spain and Denmark, shows that an ancient and large carbon pool held in a less-studied form of permafrost ("Yedoma") is thaw-released along the approximately 7000-kilometer desolate coast of northernmost Siberian Arctic. Read more at


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