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Hood Funded for International Collaborative Study on Glacier Carbons

UAS Associate Professor of Environmental Science Eran Hood has been funded for a collaborative study on the origins of organic carbon in glaciers.

Most of the research will be done on the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau.  Hood received a $258,567 grant from the National Science Foundation for the two year project that will employ a postdoctoral scholar and two undergraduate research assistants.  The research hypothesis is that the main source of carbon in glaciers is atmospheric carbon from the combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. The work will determine the extent to which fossil fuels contribute to the dissolved organic material (DOM) in the glaciers, verify the age and stability of the glacial DOM, and quantify the extent to which glacial DOM is being exported to downstream ecosystems.  Hood will be working with an international team that includes researchers from the Woods Hole Research Center, Yale University, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and the Max Planck Group for Marine Geochemistry in Oldenburg, Germany.


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