A critical window of opportunity.
Severe gaps in Arctic carbon monitoring and modeling have created large uncertainties in estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost thaw. As a result, these emissions are not fully counted in global carbon budgets and have been left out of climate policy. These omissions put us at risk of miscalculating how aggressively we must curb emissions to meet internationally agreed upon limits, and hinder our ability to develop informed adaptation strategies.
The sooner we incorporate permafrost thaw emissions into our strategies to address the climate crisis, the better equipped we will be to limit future harm.
Permafrost Pathways is coordinating a comprehensive monitoring network to improve tracking and modeling of Arctic permafrost and carbon fluxes, and fostering partnerships with local leaders and national policymakers to harness these data to support Arctic community adaptation and drive international climate mitigation policy change.
Monitoring and Modeling
Coordinating a pan-Arctic monitoring network and modeling initiative that will fill critical gaps in our ability to track and forecast permafrost thaw and resulting carbon emissions.Monitoring & Modeling
Providing local leaders, national policymakers, and international bodies with the data needed to incorporate permafrost emissions into climate mitigation policy.Mitigation policy
Partnering with Alaska Native communities to co-create equitable, community-driven adaptation strategies and advance a just governance framework to ensure Arctic residents have the resources necessary to confront hazards stemming from climate change.Adaptation Strategies