Global warming may increase black carbon input to Arctic Ocean

Researchers at University of Georgia have suggested that the black carbon stored in Arctic soils is being exported to the oceans.

ANI| Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015, 21:05 PM IST
Global warming may increase black carbon input to Arctic Ocean

Washington DC: A new research has discovered that climate change or global warming is likely to increase black carbon input to the Arctic Ocean.

Previously, researchers had believed that adding black carbon to soil might be a good way to lock away carbon dioxide and reduce climate change.

Now, researchers at University of Georgia have suggested that the black carbon stored in Arctic soils is being exported to the oceans.

The Arctic is warming faster than other regions of the planet due to climate change.

The scientists have reported that, as the planet warms, the amount of black carbon transported to the Arctic Ocean will likely increase. Once dissolved in the ocean and exposed to sunlight, black carbon may be rapidly converted back to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

The study is published in the Journal Frontiers in Earth Science.