Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 14, 1311–1324, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1311–1324, 2020
Brief communication
23 Apr 2020
Brief communication | 23 Apr 2020

Brief Communication: The reliability of gas extraction techniques for analysing CH4 and N2O compositions in gas trapped in permafrost ice wedges

Ji-Woong Yang et al.

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Thawing permafrost may lead to decomposition of soil carbon and nitrogen and emission of greenhouse gases. Thus, methane and nitrous oxide compositions in ground ice may provide information on their production mechanisms in permafrost. We test conventional wet and dry extraction methods. We find that both methods extract gas from the easily extractable parts of the ice and yield similar results for mixing ratios. However, both techniques are unable to fully extract gas from the ice.