IAEA Tracks Carbon in the Arctic

© IAEA25 August 2009: Scientists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco are reaching the end of their involvement in a month-long sampling effort aboard a Canadian research icebreaking vessel, studying the effects of climate change on the Arctic environment.

After the field component of the project ends, scientists will use the data they have gathered to evaluate recent changes in carbon outflow from rivers, and to design algorithms that will be needed to track climate change using satellites. These algorithms will take into account stocks of organic carbon and environmental factors that influence the climate, as well as parameters for interpreting the satellite images. [IAEA Press Release]