Environmental change in the Arctic
The region is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth and its polar bears and melting glaciers have become key symbols of climate change. But the Arctic, it seems, is not as well researched as we think it is.
Since the Arctic covers some 14.5 million square kilometers, and conducting research in remote locations is very expensive, time consuming and often dangerous, the result is an extremely uneven concentration of research effort.
BECC researchers Hakim Abdi and Daniel Metcalfe found that a third of all study citations originate from sites within 50 kilometers of two research stations: Toolik Lake in Alaska and Abisko in Sweden.