Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
Postboks 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
Dr. Frans-Jan W. Parmentier
Main Topics: Arctic Carbon Cycle, Permafrost-Snow-Vegetation-Atmosphere Interactions, Climate Feedbacks
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 am 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 I regularly write columns about climate change for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen.
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.
A synthesis of the arctic terrestrial and marine carbon cycles under pressure from a dwindling cryosphere
Ambio 46, 53-69 (2017)
Snowpack fluxes of methane and carbon dioxide from high Arctic tundra
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 121, 2886-2900 (2016)
Rising methane emissions from northern wetlands associated with sea ice decline
Geophysical Research Letters 42, 7214-7222 (2015)
Implications of arctic sea ice decline for the earth system
Annual Review of Environment and Resources 39, 57-89 (2014)
The impact of lower sea-ice extent on Arctic greenhouse-gas exchange
Nature Climate Change 3, 195-202 (2013)
The cooling capacity of mosses: controls on water and energy fluxes in a Siberian tundra site
Ecosystems 14, 1055-1065 (2011)
Longer growing seasons do not increase net carbon uptake in the northeastern Siberian tundra
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 116, G04013 (2011)
Spatial and temporal dynamics in eddy covariance observations of methane fluxes at a tundra site in northeastern Siberia
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 116, G03016 (2011)
Methane emissions from permafrost thaw lakes limited by lake drainage
Nature Climate Change 1, 119-123 (2011)
Modeling regional to global CH4 emissions of boreal and arctic wetlands
Global Biogeochemical Cycles 24, GB4009 (2010)
A full list of publications is available on this site. For detailed citation metrics, please visit Google Scholar, Scopus or 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. More detailed information is available on my Publons profile.