Climate warming has been suggested to impact northern ecosystems severely, causing considerable carbon losses from the soil with strong implications for the climate crisis. In 2018 I spent several weeks in Iceland to investigate the effects of soil warming on the soil carbon.
At our study site close to Reykjavík, an earthquake in 2008 created a natural soil warming gradient which gives a unique opportunity for ecologists to study how various ecosystem processes are affected by temperature. I had the pleasure to work with people from all over the globe and besides my research, I also had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country. The paper from our research in Iceland can be found here.