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Goals of the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystem Initiative

Capacity Building for Hydrology and Landscape Ecology

Alaska North Slope landscape - photo by Ben Jones, USGSThe USGS CAE Initiative recognized the physical underpinnings of landscape change and wildlife response to a rapidly warming Arctic. Thus, additional emphasis was placed on developing a research hydrology and landscape ecology component to the CAE Initiative. These research areas allow for an understanding of physical changes to wildlife habitats, the incorporation of hydrological and landscape processes into forecasts of wildlife response, and greater integration across the three research themes in the initiative.

Current projects:

    Koch, J. C., K. Gurney, and M. S. Wipfli. 2014. Morphology-dependent water budgets and nutrient fluxes in Arctic thaw ponds. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 25(2):79-93. doi:10.1002/ppp.1804 [Details] [Full Publication]

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