Periglacial Research Unit
Alfred Wegener Institute
Jens Strauss is a scientist at the Periglacial Research Unit of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany.
He is a geoecologist by training interested in understanding the degradation pathway of permafrost from the terrestrial to aquatic systems. As permafrost organic carbon represents one of the largest of the global climate-vulnerable carbon pools, his research focuses on the assessment of carbon thaw-susceptibility.
Jens has been on many Arctic field expeditions in the North American and Russian Arctic, researching the vast permafrost domain of the former Beringian land mass, which was unglaciated during the last ice age.
In the CACOON project he is the co-lead investigator, and responsible for identifying permafrost thaw end-members and quantifying how inputs of ancient-organic matter to aquatic systems relate to changes in terrestrial organic matter composition.
CACOON is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.
Siberia’s permafrost erosion has been worsening for years
The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet. As a result, permafrost that is thousands of years old is now being lost to erosion. Read more16 September 2020
Jens Strauss talks about methane release from thawing permafrost
Dr Jens Strauss gave an interview today with Aktuelle Stunde about the climate impacts of warming in the Arctic on permafrost. Read more08 August 2019
Thawing permafrost – an underestimated threat to global climate
Scientists are investigating how the thawing of soils that have been frozen for thousands of years affects the climate. Read more28 May 2019
UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science
For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have jointly invested almost £8 million in 12 new projects to carry… Read more03 July 2018