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SOIL, 1, 147–171, 2015

Special issue: An introduction to SOIL

SOIL, 1, 147–171, 2015

Review article 05 Feb 2015

Review article | 05 Feb 2015

Permafrost soils and carbon cycling

C. L. Ping et al.

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The huge carbon stocks found in soils of the permafrost region are important to the global climate system because of their potential to decompose and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere upon thawing. This review highlights permafrost characteristics, the influence of cryogenic processes on soil formation, organic carbon accumulation and distribution in permafrost soils, the vulnerability of this carbon upon permafrost thaw, and the role of permafrost soils in a changing climate.