NANO alumni publication: Response of Arctic biodiversity and ecosystem to environmental changes: Findings from the ArCS project

NANO Alumnus Irene Alabia and colleagues published the following article in the Polar Science journal

Response of Arctic biodiversity and ecosystem to environmental changes: Findings from the ArCS project

Hirawake et al. (2020) Polar Science, DOI 10.1016/j.polar.2020.100533

 

Abstract

Arctic ecosystems are altered profoundly by climate changes. However, the responses of Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as their biodiversity to global warming remain largely unknown. This article provides comprehensive insights into the results and major findings from the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) Project – an Arctic region research program initiated in Japan, which aims to address and advance our understanding of these uncertainties. Marine ecosystem studies have identified several biogeochemical processes that are associated with sea ice decline and northward transport and shift of marine species across multiple trophic levels over the Bering and Chukchi Sea shelves. Studies of the terrestrial ecosystem have identified factors that are important for the understanding of terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, including Arctic lakes, under the presence of global warming. Novel fungal species from the Arctic terrestrial ecosystem have also been isolated and described. Overall, these results could contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of the Arctic ecosystem services.

 

Keywords

  • Bering and Chukchi seas
  • Sea ice
  • Biodiversity
  • TundraLake

Link for the publication here

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