Warming Temperatures Are Driving Arctic Greening

As Arctic summers warm, Earth’s northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new collaborative study involving the University of Oxford and global institutions across the world, found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth. For the expanded story, …

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

  New research, published in Nature, led by scientists at the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences, and at the Geological Survey of Israel, provides evidence from Siberian caves suggesting that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean plays an essential role in stabilising permafrost and its large store of carbon. More info on …

Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with retreating sea ice.

Press release on reindeer mortality in Yamal, by Dr Marc Macias-Fauria, from the University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment. ‘Understanding the relationship between retreating sea ice and Arctic animal and plant life is essential if we are to predict how ecosystems will respond to rapid, ongoing environmental change. We are losing sea ice …

Welcome to the new OUPF website!

The Polar Regions have captured the curiosity – and dreams – of researchers and non-researchers alike for centuries due to their extreme conditions and the ideals of wilderness and remoteness they inspire. Yet at the present moment they belong in the common imagination of our societies due to their fast rates of climatic, environmental, and …