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Effects of extreme weather events on arctic ecosystems and implications for land-users

Melting landscape in Arctic
Workshop
The workshop aims to share and build on knowledge from ecological, modelling, and interdisciplinary research within BECC and from collaborations with external experts on the effects of extreme weather events on Arctic ecosystems. A strong focus will be on assessing implications of ecosystem responses to extreme weather events for Scandinavian land-users, notably for reindeer husbandry.

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.

 

Invited experts:

  • 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.

 

Preliminary schedule:
Monday March 16

9:00-9:30 Registration, Welcome and Introduction of participants, Present workshop goals

9:30-11:00 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

11:00-12:00 Break-out session 1:
                    Group discussions on research needs and gaps on ecosystem responses on extreme weather events

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 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

15:00-16:30 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. 

12:00-13:00 Lunch

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.

Organizers: Mats Björkman and & Maja Sundqvist

Time: 
16 March 2020 10:30 to 17 March 2020 13:30
Location: 
The Department of Earth Sciences, Guldhedsgatan 5a, Gothenburg
Contact: 
maja.sundqvist [at] gu.se

About the event

Time: 
16 March 2020 10:30 to 17 March 2020 13:30
Location: 
The Department of Earth Sciences, Guldhedsgatan 5a, Gothenburg
Contact: 
maja.sundqvist [at] gu.se