Ecological Dynamics Across the Arctic Associated with Recent Climate Change

Eric Post, Mads C. Forchhammer, M. Syndonia Bret-Harte, Terry V. Callaghan, Torben R. Christensen, Bo Elberling, Anthony D. Fox, Olivier Gilg, David S. Hik, Toke T. Hoye, Rolf A. Ims, Erik Jeppesen, David R. Klein, Jesper Madsen, A. David McGuire, Soren Rysgaard, Daniel E. Schindler, Ian Stirling, Mikkel P. Tamstorf, Nicholas J. C. TylerRene van der Wal, Jeffrey Welker, Philip A. Wookey, Niels Martin Schmidt, Peter Aastrup

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Abstract

At the close of the Fourth International Polar Year, we take stock of the ecological consequences of recent climate change in the Arctic, focusing on effects at population, community, and ecosystem scales. Despite the buffering effect of landscape heterogeneity, Arctic ecosystems and the trophic relationships that structure them have been severely perturbed. These rapid changes may be a bellwether of changes to come at lower latitudes and have the potential to affect ecosystem services related to natural resources, food production, climate regulation, and cultural integrity. We highlight areas of ecological research that deserve priority as the Arctic continues to warm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1355-1358
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume325
Issue number5946
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2009

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Post, E., Forchhammer, M. C., Bret-Harte, M. S., Callaghan, T. V., Christensen, T. R., Elberling, B., Fox, A. D., Gilg, O., Hik, D. S., Hoye, T. T., Ims, R. A., Jeppesen, E., Klein, D. R., Madsen, J., McGuire, A. D., Rysgaard, S., Schindler, D. E., Stirling, I., Tamstorf, M. P., ... Aastrup, P. (2009). Ecological Dynamics Across the Arctic Associated with Recent Climate Change. Science, 325(5946), 1355-1358. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1173113