IAB Research Project Description

Dynamics of Change in Alaska Boreal Forest (A Continuation of Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research)

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The Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program focuses on improving understanding of how boreal systems are responding to climate warming. Both gradual and abrupt responses are of interest, as are the new landscape patterns that are emerging.

The overall program objective is to study the dynamics of change in several steps:

(1) climate sensitivity of physical and biological processes to temporal variation in the environment;

(2) changes in the successional dynamics caused by changes in climate and disturbance regime;

(3) threshold changes that are likely to cause the boreal forest to function in a qualitatively new way, and

(4) integration and synthesis in which we integrate these modes of climate response across multiple temporal and spatial scales and explore their societal consequences.

Project Funding

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region
30 Jun 2007 – 30 Apr 2008
IAB Proposal #07-098
UAF Grant #G3446
IAB Project #87

Media Contact

Marie Thoms
Communications/Web Manager
Institute of Arctic Biology
302A Irving I
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
email: methoms@alaska.edu
phone: 907.474.7412