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UNEP Report on Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost


A recently published report by the United Nations Environment Programme seeks to inform a broad audience about permafrost and communicate to decision-makers and the general public the implications of changing permafrost in a warming climate. It defines basic terminology and describes fundamental physical and biological processes that shape the permafrost landscape using the best scientific information available from published literature.

The report discusses the impacts of a changing climate on ecosystems and human infrastructure in regions with significant presence of permafrost, as well as the impacts of thawing permafrost on global climate. Many CPO-funded researchers—many of whom were supported by the Earth System Science program—contributed to this report, including lead author Kevin Schaefer of the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

Access the report (pdf). 

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