Articles | Volume 12, issue 19
Research article
13 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 13 Oct 2015

The role of snow cover affecting boreal-arctic soil freeze–thaw and carbon dynamics

Y. Yi, J. S. Kimball, M. A. Rawlins, M. Moghaddam, and E. S. Euskirchen


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (01 Oct 2015) by Michael Bahn
AR by Yonghong Yi on behalf of the Authors (01 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (02 Oct 2015) by Michael Bahn
Short summary
We found that regional warming promotes widespread deepening of soil thaw in the pan-Arctic area; continued warming will most likely promote permafrost degradation in the warm permafrost areas. We also found that deeper snowpack enhances soil respiration from deeper soil carbon pool more than temperature does, particularly in the cold permafrost areas, where a large amount of soil carbon is stored in deep perennial frozen soils but is potentially vulnerable to mobilization from climate change.
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