Articles | Volume 14, issue 12
Clim. Past, 14, 2011–2036, 2018
Clim. Past, 14, 2011–2036, 2018
Research article
18 Dec 2018
Research article | 18 Dec 2018

Long-term deglacial permafrost carbon dynamics in MPI-ESM

Thomas Schneider von Deimling et al.

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Past cold ice age temperatures and the subsequent warming towards the Holocene had large consequences for soil organic carbon (SOC) stored in perennially frozen grounds. Using an Earth system model we show how the spread in areas affected by permafrost have changed under deglacial warming, along with changes in SOC accumulation. Our model simulations suggest phases of circum-Arctic permafrost SOC gain and losses, with a net increase in SOC between the last glacial maximum and the pre-industrial.