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Climate effects in terrestrial arctic ecosystems in Young Sund

2014.03.03 | Egon Randa Frandsen

Date Tue 08 Jul Tue 12 Aug
Time 00:00    00:00
Location Zackenberg, N.E.Greenland

The main objective of the project is to establish a plant monitoring programme in order to investigate how the diversity, functioning and composition of the terrestric ecosystems along the Young Sund are related to climatic variations. In addition to providing some of the first data on variations in plant community composition and arthropod diversity in the area, the study will provide a platform for long-term terrestric studies in the area. The project seeks to answer the following questions:


  • How is the plant species distributions related altitude and to climatic changes along an East-West gradient in Young Sund, Greenland
  • How is plant cover related to climate changes for the dominating plant species and functional groups in the same East-West gradient.
  • How is the plant community composition related to altitude and local abiotic factors.
  • How is the composition of the arthropod communities related to the same factors.


In order to answer these scientific questions we will establish permanent plots in randomly selected positions at fixed altitudes on three different stations along the Young Sund. The field work will take place in July–August 2014.

PI: Jacob Nabe-Nielsen

Arctic Research Centre, Environment, climate and energy