On carbon transport and fate in the East Siberian Arctic land-shelf-atmosphere system

Igor P. Semiletov, Natalia E. Shakhova, Valentin I. Sergienko, Irina I. Pipko, Oleg V. Dudarev

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This review paper summarizes current understanding of the transport of organic carbon to, and the fate of organic carbon within, the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS), and of processes determining carbon dioxide (CO 2) and methane (CH4) fluxes from the ESAS to the atmosphere achieved from analyzing the data sets obtained on 20 expeditions performed from 1999 to 2011. This study of the ESAS was aimed at investigating how redistribution of old carbon from degrading terrestrial and sub-sea permafrost and from coastal erosion contributes to the carbon pool of the ESAS, how changes in the hydrological cycle of the surrounding land and alteration of terrestrial carbon cycles affect the hydrological and biogeochemical parameters of shelf water masses, and which factors control CH4 and CO 2 emissions from the ESAS. This report describes selected results achieved by a developing international scientific partnership that has been crucial at every stage of the study and will be even more important in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015201
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Arctic Ocean
  • carbon
  • carbon dioxide
  • methane
  • permafrost
  • sediments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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