A cross-system analysis of ecological change in Kangerlussuaq (SW Greenland) and Torneträsk (Northern Sweden)

A cross-system analysis of ecological change in Kangerlussuaq (SW Greenland) and Torneträsk (Northern Sweden)

Project Summary

One of the major constraints on critically evaluating the causes of ecological change in sensitive arctic ecosystems is the lack of long-term monitoring. The area around Torneträsk in Northern Sweden and Kangerlussuaq in south-west Greenland are two of the more extensively studied arctic lake districts. As well as the benefits associated with long-term monitoring and having contrasting climates (low versus sub-arctic; precipitation), the two areas also differ in some key characteristics, most notably, surface water hydrology, in-lake DOC concentration and characteristics, terrestrial vegetation. However, as well as these climate and ecological differences, both areas have had the benefits of palaeolimnological studies, field experiments and integrated lake-catchment studies. In this project we will synthesize the available data from these areas using novel statistical approaches to understand the key drivers of ecological changes at a range of timescales.

Collaborators

Jan Karlsson, Umeå University
Jonatan Klaminder, Umeå University
Bror Holmgren (PhD student), Umeå University