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Volume 12, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 12, 7129–7167, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-7129-2015
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Special issue: Freshwater ecosystems in changing permafrost landscapes

Biogeosciences, 12, 7129–7167, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-7129-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Reviews and syntheses 08 Dec 2015

Reviews and syntheses | 08 Dec 2015

Reviews and syntheses: Effects of permafrost thaw on Arctic aquatic ecosystems

J. E. Vonk et al.
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In this review, we give an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding how permafrost thaw affects aquatic systems. We describe the general impacts of thaw on aquatic ecosystems, pathways of organic matter and contaminant release and degradation, resulting emissions and burial, and effects on ecosystem structure and functioning. We conclude with an overview of potential climate effects and recommendations for future research.
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