Alaska’s permafrost is no longer permanent: NY Times features WHRC’s Arctic research

This summer, New York Times reporter Henry Fountain visited our Polaris Project camp in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Henry pulled on his waterproof boots and went into the field with WHRC scientists to see first-hand how we study thawing permafrost and climate change impact on the Arctic.

Permafrost contains about twice as much carbon as is currently in the atmosphere. As the climate warms, the permafrost thaws and releases greenhouse gases.

Read this excellent article about the field science behind our understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and the Arctic: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/23/climate/alaska-permafrost-thawing.html