This December, Marek will co-convene a session called “Biogeochemical cycling in the cryosphere” (session 13217) at the 2016 AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The session is chaired by Jon Hawkings from the University of Bristol, and also convened by Rob Spencer from Florida State University and Jim McClelland from the University of Texas at Austin.
The cryosphere is home to Earth’s frozen systems including glaciers, ice sheets, seasonal snow cover, permafrost, and sea ice. It is an integral part of the global climate system and is wasting at a rapid rate due to warming. The cryosphere has been identified as an important component of biogeochemical cycles at local to global scales, and understanding how cryospheric changes are impacting biogeochemical cycles is critical for anticipating future trajectories. The session will focus on micro- to macro- scale cryosphere-biogeochemical linkages in the past, present and future.