Tundra Biocomplexity: the impact of snow distribution and nitrogen deposition

Updated 2003-04-22

The issue of biocomplexity, the pattern of processes governing biodiversity vill be studied in an alpine landscape in northern Swedish Lapland, Latnjajaure catchment. The ragged topograhy in combunation with strong winds give rise to extensive snow redistribution. As most of the annual preciptation here falls as snow, most of the atmospheric nitrogen deposition will relocated to snowbeds, wheras neighboring ridges receive a minor fraction of the input. This patchiness in nitrogen supply within the landscape is forecasted to increase as the atmospheric of mainly antropogeneous nitrogen increase exponentially. Snowbeds are by IPCC regarded as particularly vulnerable ecosystem,and our working hypothesis is that increased temperature and nitrogen supply in concert is the major threat. We combine monitoring of nitrogen deposition and measurement of nitrification potential in the soil with manipulation where a nitrogen input according to the forecast for 2050 is applied to selected snowbeds. Dynamic modelling at the landscape level will help us to provide prognoses for the future changes in the alpine tundra.

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2005
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
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Data reporting
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Contact information

Contact person
Robert Björk
Botanical institute Göteborg University Box 461 SE-405 30 GÖTEBORG

Parameters and Media

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Regions studied
Abisko Scientific Research Station

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

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Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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