Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 9, 737–752, 2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 737–752, 2015

Research article 20 Apr 2015

Research article | 20 Apr 2015

Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in Arctic ground ice

M. Fritz et al.

Related authors

The cryostratigraphy of the Yedoma cliff of Sobo-Sise Island (Lena delta) reveals permafrost dynamics in the central Laptev Sea coastal region during the last 52 kyr
Sebastian Wetterich, Alexander Kizyakov, Michael Fritz, Juliane Wolter, Gesine Mollenhauer, Hanno Meyer, Matthias Fuchs, Aleksei Aksenov, Heidrun Matthes, Lutz Schirrmeister, and Thomas Opel
The Cryosphere, 14, 4525–4551,,, 2020
Short summary
First Pan-Arctic Assessment of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Permafrost-Region Lakes
Lydia Stolpmann, Caroline Coch, Anne Morgenstern, Julia Boike, Michael Fritz, Ulrike Herzschuh, Kathleen Stoof-Leichsenring, Yury Dvornikov, Birgit Heim, Josefine Lenz, Amy Larsen, Katey Walter Anthony, Benjamin Jones, Karen Frey, and Guido Grosse
Biogeosciences Discuss.,,, 2020
Revised manuscript under review for BG
Short summary
Comparisons of dissolved organic matter and its optical characteristics in small low and high Arctic catchments
Caroline Coch, Bennet Juhls, Scott F. Lamoureux, Melissa J. Lafrenière, Michael Fritz, Birgit Heim, and Hugues Lantuit
Biogeosciences, 16, 4535–4553,,, 2019
Short summary
Brief Communication: Future avenues for permafrost science from the perspective of early career researchers
M. Fritz, B. N. Deshpande, F. Bouchard, E. Högström, J. Malenfant-Lepage, A. Morgenstern, A. Nieuwendam, M. Oliva, M. Paquette, A. C. A. Rudy, M. B. Siewert, Y. Sjöberg, and S. Weege
The Cryosphere, 9, 1715–1720,,, 2015
Short summary

Related subject area

Frozen Ground
Passive seismic recording of cryoseisms in Adventdalen, Svalbard
Rowan Romeyn, Alfred Hanssen, Bent Ole Ruud, Helene Meling Stemland, and Tor Arne Johansen
The Cryosphere, 15, 283–302,,, 2021
Short summary
Projecting circum-Arctic excess-ground-ice melt with a sub-grid representation in the Community Land Model
Lei Cai, Hanna Lee, Kjetil Schanke Aas, and Sebastian Westermann
The Cryosphere, 14, 4611–4626,,, 2020
Short summary
Ground ice, organic carbon and soluble cations in tundra permafrost soils and sediments near a Laurentide ice divide in the Slave Geological Province, Northwest Territories, Canada
Rupesh Subedi, Steven V. Kokelj, and Stephan Gruber
The Cryosphere, 14, 4341–4364,,, 2020
Short summary
Consequences of permafrost degradation for Arctic infrastructure – bridging the model gap between regional and engineering scales
Thomas Schneider von Deimling, Hanna Lee, Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, Sebastian Westermann, Vladimir Romanovsky, Scott Lamoureux, Donald A. Walker, Sarah Chadburn, Lei Cai, Erin Trochim, Jan Nitzbon, Stephan Jacobi, and Moritz Langer
The Cryosphere Discuss.,,, 2020
Revised manuscript accepted for TC
Short summary
The ERA5-Land soil temperature bias in permafrost regions
Bin Cao, Stephan Gruber, Donghai Zheng, and Xin Li
The Cryosphere, 14, 2581–2595,,, 2020
Short summary

Cited articles

Aiken, G. R. and Malcolm, R. L.: Molecular weight of aquatic fulvic acids by vapor pressure osmometry, Geochim. Cosmochim. Ac., 51, 2177–2184, 1987.
Alfimov, A. V. and Berman, D. I.: Beringian climate during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, Quaternary Sci. Rev., 20, 127–134, 2001.
Andreev, A. A., Tarasov, P., Schwamborn, G., Ilyashuk, B., Ilyashuk, E., Bobrov, A., Klimanov, V., Rachold, V., and Hubberten, H.-W.: Holocene paleoenvironmental records from Nikolay Lake, Lena River Delta, Arctic Russia, Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 209, 197–217, 2004.
Andreev, A. A., Grosse, G., Schirrmeister, L., Kuznetsova, T. V., Kuzmina, S. A., Bobrov, A. A., Tarasov, P. E., Novenko, E. Y., Meyer, H., Derevyagin, A. Y., Kienast, F., Bryantseva, A., and Kunitsky, V. V.: Weichselian and Holocene palaeoenvironmental history of the Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky Island, New Siberian Archipelago, Arctic Siberia, Boreas, 38, 72–110, 2009.
Andreev, A. A., Schirrmeister, L., Tarasov, P. E., Ganopolski, A., Brovkin, V., Siegert, C., Wetterich, S., and Hubberten, H.-W.: Vegetation and climate history in the Laptev Sea region (Arctic Siberia) during Late Quaternary inferred from pollen records, Quaternary Sci. Rev., 30, 2182–2199, 2011.
Short summary
Ground ice in permafrost has not, until now, been considered to be a source of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and other elements that are important for ecosystems and carbon cycling. Ice wedges in the Arctic Yedoma region hold 45.2 Tg DOC (Tg = 10^12g), 33.6 Tg DIC and a freshwater reservoir of 4200 km³. Leaching of terrestrial organic matter is the most relevant process of DOC sequestration into ground ice.