New Understanding of the Arctic’s Carbon Cycle – How Carbon Is Transferred Between Land, Ocean, and Atmosphere

Eroding cliff bluffs adjacent to Elson Lagoon near Utqiagvik, Alaska. Credit: Michael Rawlins

New research from UMass Amherst shines light on poorly understood processes of how carbon dissolved in Arctic rivers affects our world.
In a pair of recently published papers, Michael Rawlins, a professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s geosciences department and associate director of the Climate System Research Center, has made significant gains in filling out our understanding of the Arctic’s carbon cycle—or the way that carbon is transferred between the land, ocean, and atmosphere. In order to better understand future trends in atmospheric …