KU researcher to study climate change in Norway

05/02/2013 7:54 AM

05/02/2013 7:54 AM

A researcher and professor from the University of Kansas, Jennifer Roberts, will travel to a far-north Norwegian island with other scientists in August to gather materials, trying to determine whether warming temperatures on the planet will help release more natural methane gas into the atmosphere, contributing further to the problems of climate change.

In a statement released recently, the university said Roberts, an associate professor of geology, will go to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, this August to collect soil samples. The goal is to help climate modelers with data on the methane production of arctic microorganisms.

Scientists think the planet might suffer from the release of increased levels of methane in the atmosphere from thawing Arctic permafrost and the rapid release of methane in ocean sediments, KU said in the statement.

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