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
Research Interests and Experience
As a scientist, I'm interested in the Arctic since the climate of this region changes at a rapid pace: temperatures rise at more than double the global rate, which has caused strong reductions in sea ice extent and snow cover. Although these changes are quite prominent, subsequent impacts on arctic vegetation growth, 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, therefore, I aim to clarify these issues with computer models and to improve these models with what we learn from observations.
In addition to these research interests, I contribute to expert assessments of AMAP, a working group of the Arctic Council: I coordinated a chapter on the 2015 report on methane and I'm a lead author on the 2017 SWIPA assessment. I'm also a member of the Permafrost Carbon Network, the Global Carbon Project and Winternet, and regularly write columns about climate change for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen.
Adventdalen on Svalbard, one of my main fieldwork areas. The cottongrass (Eriophorum scheuchzeri) pictured in the foreground plays an important role in the production and emission of the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Past Positions
Before I moved 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 for my research on the drivers of greenhouse gas exchange from tundra, for which I frequently visited the Kytalyk nature reserve in northeast Siberia to do fieldwork.
Selected Publications
Here is a small selection of the 29 papers I have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The full list of publications is available on this site, as well as through Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science.
I have reviewed for the following journals (among others): Nature Climate Change, Global Change Biology, Geophysical Research Letters, Environmental Research Letters, Nature Communications, Biogeosciences, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, The Cryosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, and Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. See also my Publons profile for more information on this.