Research Spotlight: The fate of organic carbon in terrestrial soil on the coast


  • Leslie Ofori,

  • Ernie Tretkoff


Soil found in the Arctic stores half of the world's soil organic carbon (SOC) and twice as much carbon as is in the atmosphere. Because rising temperatures in the Arctic are thawing the permafrost, some of the soil carbon then degrades into greenhouse gases that are remobilized into the carbon cycle, exerting positive feedback on global warming.