How will changing freshwater export and terrestrial permafrost thaw influence the Arctic Ocean?

Lead Investigators

  • Dr Paul James Mann

    Co-lead investigator, Northumbria University

    Paul Mann is senior lecturer in Biogeochemistry at the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, and co-lead investigator of the CACOON project. Paul’s main focus is on aquatic and coastal carbon cycling in Arctic river systems, and how these will respond to future climate change. Within CACOON, Paul will aid in sample collection and geochemical analyses on the Kolyma River during transects out from the river to the coast.

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  • Dr Jens Strauss

    Co-lead investigator, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)

    Jens Strauss is a scientist at the Periglacial Research Unit of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany. 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. 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.

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