Methane and possible gas hydrates in the Disko Bugt region, central West Greenland
Current climate models predict an annual temperature increase in the Arctic between 4° and 6°C by the end of the 21st century with widespread impact on the Arctic environment. Warming will lead to thawing of the widespread, permanently frozen, high-latitude peat-lands and to degradation of marine gas hydrates, both of which may increase the rate of methane release to the atmosphere. This will influence global climate as methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a large global warming potential. Marine gas hydrates are found worldwide on continental margins and frequently occur in the Arctic. Interpretation of seismic profiles has also indicated their presence in the Disko Bugt region in western Greenland.
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