The IPA Permafrost and Carbon budgets Interest Group (IPaC) was approved by the IPA Council in June 2018 during EUCOP5 in Chamonix, France. The aim of the IPaC is to create and sustain a formalized pathway for IPA permafrost experts to give feedback on the representation of permafrost in datasets used for broad-scale carbon budgets. The need for an interest group was first articulated by members of the Global Carbon Project while working on the global methane budget. The Global Carbon Project is a sponsor organisation of the Interest Group and IPaC will act in an advisory capacity in the calculation and revision of regional and global carbon budgets. IPaC will work in close collaboration with the Permafrost Carbon Network, which has shown great leadership in leading synthesis science related to permafrost carbon. As the need for new synthesis science is recognized through IPaC, actionable items will be pursued within the Permafrost Carbon Network.
The first IPaC permafrost researcher survey - The IPaC Synthesis Report on prioritized permafrost and carbon research topics - solicited inputs and ideas on carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) related topics that could improve both estimations of permafrost carbon and the understanding of its contribution to the global carbon budget.
IPaC is led by a Steering Committee chaired by Dr. Gustaf Hugelius, the founder of the Interest Group. Day-to-day activities of the group are coordinated by Dr. Justine Ramage. The Steering Committee members are:
► Christina Biasi, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
► Robert B. Jackson, Stanford University, USA
► Dmitry Kaverin, Komi Scientific Centre, Russia
► Benjamin Poulter, NASA, USA
► Christina Schädel, Northern Arizona University, USA
► Ted Schuur, Northern Arizona University, USA
► Jens Strauss, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
► Merritt Turetsky, University of Guelph, Canada
► Yuanhe Yang, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China