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Fragility of arctic goose habitat: impacts of land use, conservation and elevated temperatures

Objective

The tundra is a vulnerable ecosystem. Damage would result in it turning from a carbon sink into a carbon source, thus adding to current climate warming. The numbers of geese breeding in the tundra have been increasing for 40 years and will continue to increase, largely due to protective measures and changes in agricultural practice in NW Europe where they spend the winter. Evidence from other parts of the world suggests that tundra ecosystems can be severely damaged if overgrazed for extended periods. In addition, effects of climate change, will also provide pressures of change for tundra ecosystems. The proposed project will assess the tundra's vulnerability to these cumulative pressures and define thresholds beyond which irreparable damage will occur. The project will provide tools and make recommendations to facilitate the managed protection of the tundra by EC and appropriate stakeholders.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY
Address
Korringaweg 7
4400AC Yerseke
Netherlands

Participants (12)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Route De Mende 1919
34293 Montpellier
EVIN - INSTITUTE OF NATURE CONSERVATION
Belgium
Address
Kliniekstraat 25
1070 Brussel
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
Kalo Grenaavej 12
8410 Roende
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Hill Of Brathens
AB31 4BY Banchory(kincardinshire)
NORWEGIAN FOUNDATION FOR NATURE RESEARCH AND CULTURAL HERITAGE RESEARCH
Norway
Address
The Polar Environment Center
9296 Tromsoe
THE UNIVERSITY COURSES ON SVALBARD
Norway
Address

9171 Longyearbyen
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place L. Pasteur 3 Mercator
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
Cruickshank Building, St. Machar Drive
AB24 3UU Aberdeen
UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Address
Kerklaan 30
9750 NN Haren Gn
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Moltke Moes Vei 32
0316 Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF TROMSOE
Norway
Address
Breivika
9037 Tromsoe
WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST
United Kingdom
Address
Slimbrige
GL2 7BT Gloucester