Pan-Arctic glacier-water-biogeochemical system responses and social-ecological resilience effects in a warming climate

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 5700000 SEK


The last three decades of observed rapid and significant changes to the Arctic environment indicate that the region is presently in transition to a state not previously observed in recent history. This project aims to: i) Identify, quantify and map changes, and critical data and knowledge gaps for assessing these changes, of the spatial-temporal distributions of coupled glaciological, hydrological and biogeochemical responses to a warming climate and associated intensification of the fresh water cycle due to increases in both glacier volume loss and hydrological runoff from the Pan-Arctic Drainage Basin (PADB). ii) Identify main ecosystem services associated with glacial mass balance and hydrological-biogeochemical cycling in the PADB and understand how they are inter-connected to produce synergies and trade-offs within and between various social systems and economic sectors. iii) Identify hot spots of social-ecological system vulnerability, where climate-induced glaciological-hydrological-biogeochemical changes in the PADB may lead to particularly large and/or rapid effects on whole clusters of inter-dependent social-ecological system functions. These objectives will be achieved through inter-disciplinary research by a consortium consisting of several Swedish and international partners that will jointly investigate interactions and feedbacks between linked glaciological, hydrological, biogeochemical and social-ecological systems.

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