The Arctic is at present undergoing rapid change: Climate change is happening at an alarming rate, and thus challenge both the plants, animals and people living in there. The on-going climate change threatens to wipe out the high Arctic climate zone, and the high Arctic species are under severe pressure. Therefore, monitoring and exploring the Arctic ecosystems are the focus of Section for Arctic Ecosystem Ecology.
Both individual species and processes to respond to the changing living conditions. Arctic, with its relatively few species, a great laboratory for understanding a wide range of processes and mechanisms that exist in the complex interactions between organisms and the surrounding environment, not to mention the complex interactions that take place within an ecosystem as a whole. Based on our comprehensive monitoring work in the Arctic, we explore how the entire community and ultimately the Arctic ecosystems are likely to change as the climate changes.
Section of Arctic Ecosystem Ecology focuses on understanding the processes and mechanisms that govern the Arctic ecosystems. Wanting to understand how the whole or just smaller portions of ecosystems function, requires not only large amounts of data, but also data on a very large number of components of the ecosystem. A large part of the section's work is centered around research stations in Zackenberg (Northeast Greenland) and Nuuk (southwest Greenland) and the extensive monitoring programs running there, combined with a wide range of research projects at Zackenberg and Nuuk and in the Arctic in general. Research in Section for Arctic Ecosystem Ecology therefore incorporates data from both the abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems, how these interact and how the feedback processes ultimately feeds back to the climate. This is achieved not only in specific research projects, but also by close integration between research and the monitoring that takes place in the Arctic.
Section of Arctic Ecosystem Ecology is deeply involved in the following international research and monitoring programs in the Arctic: