Effects of extreme weather events on arctic ecosystems and implications for land-users
We are organizing a two-day workshop in Gothenburg, 16-17 March, on the effects of extreme weather events on arctic communities and ecosystems.
Registration here before March 10.
- Professor Bruce Forbes, University of Lapland. Bruce uses a strong interdisciplinary and participatory approach to study impacts of climate change on high latitude ecosystems, reindeer and local and regional stakeholders.
- Dr. Stef Bokhorst, VU Amsterdam University. Stef’s research on the interplay between plants and soil animals explores climate change and winter warming events effects plants, soils, the linkages between them, and the ecosystem processes they drive.
- Dr. Tim Horstkotte, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Tim integrates natural and social scientific approaches in research exploring interactions between nature and people, with a strong focus on reindeer husbandry in Fennoscandia.
- Dr. Sirpa Rasmus, University of Lapland. Sirpa’s research on extreme weather events explores adaptations of local livelihoods, with a current focus is on winter icing events and adaptation of reindeer herding in Finland.
Monday March 16
9:00-9:30 Registration, Welcome and Introduction of participants, Present workshop goals
Talks from invited experts on extreme weather events on arctic communities and ecosystems
Causes and consequences of extreme weather events on arctic communities and ecosystems &
Extreme events, plant-soil linkages and ecosystem processes in the Arctic.
Speakers: Prof Bruce Forbes and Dr Stef Bokhorst
Break-out session 1:
Group discussions on research needs and gaps on ecosystem responses on extreme weather events
Talks from invited expert on interdisciplinary studies on climate change and reindeer husbandry.
"Trees belong to the forest, not to the mountains!” – Sámi reindeer herders’ observations of tree line dynamics
Speaker: Dr Tim Horstkotte.
"Effects of extreme weather events and adaptation of local livelihoods "
Speaker: Sirpa Rasmus
14:30-15:00 Presentation and discussion on survey questions for stakeholders
Break-out session 2:
Group discussion on developing a dialogue with stakeholders (the Sami council, Sami villages, local herders)
to identify knowledge gaps
16:30-17:30 Groups prepare for day 2: summarize highlights and points from break-out session 1 & 2.
19:00 – Dinner
Tuesday March 17
9:00-10:30 Presentations& discussion from break-out session 1&2.
10:30-12:00: Form a plan of action to improve our stakeholder interaction - and initiate.
13:00-15:00 Discussion: Infrastructure/experimental needs
15:00-16:00 Summary discussion and end of work-shop
This workshop is part of the BECC - Action Group initiative "Impacts of extreme weather events on arctic ecosystems" and the workshop is financed through BECC and GAC.