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New assessment report on methane as an Arctic climate forcer

Rapid changes in Arctic regional climate are evident in observational records and are projected to continue in the future. Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane substantially contributes to warming in the Arctic and a new report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) now provides the accessible scientific basis for recommendations to policy makers. The report also covers issues such as proposals for filling gaps in knowledge, and recommendations relevant to future monitoring and research.
Methane measurements in Zackenberg. Photo: Frans-Jan Permentier
Methane measurements in Zackenberg. Photo: Frans-Jan Permentier

“This is the first time experts from a broad range of scientific disciplines have come together to produce a consensus document on methane in the Arctic. The report include contributions from scientists working on land, at sea, in the atmosphere as well as environmental economists and climate modelers”, says professor Torben R. Christensen, coordinating author of the chapter Natural terrestrial methane sources in the Arctic.

Frans-Jan W. Parmentier, coordinating author of the chapter Natural marine methane sources in the Arctic adds that “This is a very comprehensive study with which we provide valuable knowledge on the drivers of natural methane emissions and the effect on our climate. But apart from describing the problem, it also shows what we as a society can do to go against the trend by limiting anthropogenic methane emissions.”.

The assessment report has been conducted by an international group of over 40 experts and is freely available from the AMAP Secretariat and on the AMAP website: www.amap.no.

Contact information

Professor Torben R. Christensen
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Science
E-mail: torben [dot] christensen [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se,
Telephone number:+46 46 222 37 43 or +46 70 956 37 43

Researcher Frans-Jan Parmentier
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Science
E-mail: frans-jan [dot] parmentier [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

 

 

 

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