FEEDBACK - Advancing permafrost carbon climate feedback – improvements and evaluations of the Norwegian Earth System Model with observations

Project Department: Uni Research Climate (groups: Biogeochemistry, Climate Impacts on Nature and Society) period: 01.01.16 - 30.09.19

About the project

Photo credit: Fieldwork for FEEDBACK project - Sebastian Westermann


FEEDBACK aims to build accurate predictions of future climate feedback cycles from thawing permafrost, including the role of permafrost carbon (C). We will improve permafrost biogeochemistry module based on process-level understanding gained from systematic field observations. In addition, this project will develop a new observational scheme that will provide seamless process level understanding of permafrost biogeochemistry under varying soil hydrological regimes and will collect much-needed observational data for evaluating the model simulations. This project will be in the forefront of advancing our understandings on climate system and future climate projections. As a result, FEEDBACK will strengthen the terrestrial biogeochemistry research at the leading climate research institute, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and bridge close collaborations across 5 world class national and international institutions to strengthen the knowledge in the interaction between the terrestrial and the climate system. Along with its scientific contributions, this project will enhance project leading and supervisory skills for the leader (Hanna Lee), by which will result in a multifaceted early career researcher (postdoc), who will become an expert in observations, data synthesis, and modeling in the framework of permafrost, global C cycling, and climate change.


FEEDBACK is a highly innovative project that operates across traditional boundaries among the research arenas such as field-based observations, statistical data synthesis and model parameterization, and ESM development and evaluation. The project leader, partners, and collaborators of FEEDBACK have strong track records in these fields, offering unique and excellent potential to significantly transport the current knowledge no other group can offer.


Photo credit: Sebastian Westermann


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