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Climate change and the Arctic

May 19, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UnQuarked Wine Room
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 USA
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196

Event Description

Join us for convivial discussion on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked

Cathy Wilson, who heads the Lab’s Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystem Science team, is working to better understand what happens when warming climate causes Arctic permafrost to thaw. As the ground warms up, previously frozen soil carbon is decomposed and released as green house gases—adding to global warming. But, in turn, warmer temperatures drive more plant growth and carbon uptake from the atmosphere. This might offset permafrost carbon emissions, but by how much? Come and learn about the complex interactions that take place in these normally frozen reaches of our planet.