Frans-Jan W. Parmentier, Arctic Climate Change Researcher

Dr. Frans-Jan W. Parmentier
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
Postboks 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

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Main Topics: Arctic Carbon Cycle, Tundra Ecosystems, Greenhouse Gas Exchange, Snow, Ice, and Permafrost
Research Interests and Experience
As a scientist, I'm interested in the Arctic since the climate of the far North changes at a rapid pace: temperatures rise at more than double the global rate, causing strong reductions in sea ice extent and snow cover. Although these changes are quite prominent, subsequent impacts on Arctic vegetation productivity, permafrost stability and the exchange of greenhouse gases remain uncertain – not in the least because of complex interactions that connect the various processes together. In my research, I therefore aim to clarify these issues with computer models and to improve these models with what we learn from observations.
In addition, I regularly write columns about climate change for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen, and contribute to AMAP expert assessments for the Arctic Council, such as the 2015 report on methane. Furthermore, I'm a member of both the Permafrost Carbon Network and the Global Carbon Project.
Before coming to Norway, I worked for five years as a researcher at Lund University in Sweden, where I studied connections between the Arctic carbon cycle and sea ice decline – primarily because of the role of the latter in the amplified warming of the region. During this time, I was also a visiting researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark to work together with marine scientists on the topic. Earlier – in 2011 – I received my PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands following research on the drivers of greenhouse gas exchange from tundra, for which I frequently visited the Kytalyk nature reserve in northeastern Siberia to do fieldwork.
Selected Publications
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I have reviewed for the following journals (among others): Nature Climate Change, Biogeosciences, Global Change Biology, Geophysical Research Letters, Environmental Research Letters, Nature Communications, Ambio, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. More detailed information on this can be found on my publons profile.