Community Lecture: Why Everyone is Talking About Permafrost Thaw on September 17

2015-09-permafrostOn Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m., the Woods Hole Research Center will present the community lecture “Why Everyone is Talking About Permafrost Thaw,” with R. Max Holmes, Senior Scientist, and Susan Natali, Assistant Scientist. The event is free and open to the public and will be held the Center’s Harbourton Auditorium.

Permafrost contains almost twice as much carbon as the atmosphere. Carbon emissions from thawing permafrost accelerate climate warming and create a self-perpetuating cycle of further warming and thawing. Climate models currently don’t account for carbon emissions from thawing permafrost. Permafrost thaw is irreversible. Learn how these significant discoveries will impact you.

The public is invited to attend this free event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Harbourton Auditorium at the Woods Hole Research Center, 149 Woods Hole Road. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. To register for the lecture, please email us at

WHRC is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the globe.