The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme, Freshwater: monitoring the ecological response to climate change in Arctic freshwater ecosystems

Date/time: December 2, 13:00-14:30

Room: Mesanin 1

Session organizers: Willem Goedkoop, Swedish University of Agricultural Science and Joseph Culp, University of New Brunswick and Environment Canada on behalf of the CBMP Freshwater Steering Group

Arctic freshwater ecosystems are facing unique challenges through the interaction of natural and human-induced stressors resulting from climate change and industrial development. This session will examine trends in biodiversity of Arctic freshwaters and address the challenges inherent in monitoring these systems across the circumpolar Arctic, drawing upon the circumpolar assessment structure developed by the Freshwater Steering Group (FSG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). Panel presentations will highlight the importance of monitoring freshwater biodiversity while providing an overview of recent and historical monitoring activities. A discussion period will focus on strategies to detect change in Arctic freshwaters using existing monitoring data.

Session theme: Understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts

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