Étudiant-chercheur étoile February 2017

Manuel Helbig

PhD student in Geography
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publication: Regional atmospheric cooling and wetting effect of permafrost thaw-induced boreal forest loss

Published in: Global Change Biology


Manuel Helbig's paper quantifies for the first time how thaw-induced forest loss in boreal lowlands affects regional climate. His findings are important for the advancement of global environmental change research, providing decision-makers with information that helps to adapt current provincial and federal forest management practices to a rapidly changing northern environment. Boreal forests cover one quarter of the land surface of Canada and are an integral component of the global and regional climate systems. Understanding how boreal forest loss interacts with climate is thus crucial to assess climate change impacts on the Canadian society.