V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest
Laboratory of Ecophysiology of Permafrost Systems
About our project
The Russian Ministry of Science and Education awarded to the VN Sukachev one of the Megagrant projects.
We are convinced that one of the great challenges in ecology and geosciences at present day, is a quantitative understanding
of the processes controllong organic matter cycling in permafrost soils and the response of the carbon stored in these soils on
Global Warming. Where, if not in Siberia should one research into this topic, as 65% of the land area of the Russian Federation
is underlain by permanently frozen soil. Permafrost soils were significant carbon sinks throughout many periods of the Quaternary,
and globally store more than twice as much carbon than is found in the atmosphere as CO2 and about three times as much as is
located in terrestrial plants. Any change in soil environmental condititions induced by Global Change bears not only a thread to
infrastructure but may also mobilize organic matter that has been removed from cycling for thousands of years as CO2 and
dissolved organic matter. This may create a positive feedback effect, thus increasing even further the permafrost thawing.
The work is organized in a series of working packages.