The book is based on data collected during the past 10 years by Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations (ZERO) at Zackenberg Research Station in Northeast Greenland. This volume covers the function of Arctic ecosystems based on the most comprehensive long-term data set in the world from a well-defined Arctic ecosystem. Editors offer a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of how climate variability is influencing an Arctic ecosystem and how the Arctic ecosystems have inherent feedback mechanisms interacting with climate variability or change.

Key Features

* The latest research on the functioning of Arctic ecosystems * Supplements current books on arctic climate impact assessment as a case study for ecological specialists * Discusses the complex perpetuating effects on Earth * Vital information on modeling ecosystem responses to understand future climates


Ecologists, environmentalists, terrestrial ecologists

Table of Contents

PART 1 BACKGROUND 1 Introduction By Hans Meltofte, Torben R. Christensen, Bo Elberling, Mads C. Forchhammer & Morten Rasch 2 Climate and climate change with an arctic perspective By Martin Stendel, Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen & Dorthe Petersen 3 Late Quaternary geology, biology and archaeology of the Wollaston Forland region, East Greenland By Ole Bennike, Claus Andreassen,, Louis Beyens, Jens Böcher, Hanne H. Christiansen, Bent Fredskild, Ole Humlum, Bjarne Holm Jacobsen, Erik Jeppesen, David R. Klein, Mikkel Sørensen & Pieter Ledeganck 4 Adaptations, invasions, dispersal and pollination By David R. Klein, Mads C. Forchhammer, Rebekka Lundgren, Hans Henrik Bruun & Kirsten Christoffersen 5 The study area By Hans Meltofte & Morten Rasch PART 2 PRESENT PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND PROCESSES 6 The present climate By Birger Ulf Hansen, Charlotte Sigsgaard, Dorthe Petersen, Sebastian Haugaard Mernild & Morten Rasch 7 Permafrost and periglacial geomorphology By Hanne H. Christiansen, Ole Humlum, Charlotte Sigsgaard, Birger Ulf Hansen, Bent Hasholt & Morten Rasch 8 Snow distribution and melt By Birger Ulf Hansen, Jørgen Hinkler, Mikkel Tamstorf, Hanne H. Christiansen & Dorthe Petersen 9 Hydrological processes By Bent Hasholt, Dorthe Petersen, Sebastian Haugaard Mernild, Morten Rasch, Bjarne Holm Jakobsen, Charlotte Sigsgaard, Jørgen Hinkler, Birger Ulf Hansen, Bo Elberling & Søren Rysgaard PART 3 ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES 10 Soil and plant community characteristics By Bo El


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About the serial-volume-editors

Hans Meltofte

Affiliations and Expertise

National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Arctic Environment, Denmark

Torben Christensen

Affiliations and Expertise

GeoBiosphere Science Centre, Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Lund University, Sweden

Bo Elberling

Affiliations and Expertise

National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Arctic Environment, University of Aarhus, Roskilde, Denmark

Mads Forchhammer

Affiliations and Expertise

National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Arctic Environment, Centre for Integrated Population Ecology, University of Aarhus, Roskilde, Denmark

Morten Rasch

Affiliations and Expertise

Danish Polar Center, Copenhagen, Denmark