The Arctic in the twenty-first century: changing biogeochemical linkages across a paraglacial landscape of Greenland

Anderson, N.J., Saros, J.E., Bullard, J.E., Cahoon, S.M.P., McGowan, S., Bagshaw, E.A., Barry, C.D., Bindler, R., Burpee, B.T., Carrivick, J.L., Fowler, R.A., Fox, A.D., Fritz, S.C., Giles, M.E., Hamerlik, L., Ingeman-Nielsen, T., Law, A.C., Mernild, S.H., Northington, R.M., Osburn, C.L., Pla-Rabès, S., Post, E., Telling, J., Stroud, D.A., Whiteford, E.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-2411-7591, Yallop, M.L. and Yde, J.C., 2017. The Arctic in the twenty-first century: changing biogeochemical linkages across a paraglacial landscape of Greenland. BioScience, 67 (2), pp. 118-133. ISSN 0006-3568

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Abstract

The Kangerlussuaq area of southwest Greenland encompasses diverse ecological, geomorphic, and climate gradients that function over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Ecosystems range from the microbial communities on the ice sheet and moisture-stressed terrestrial vegetation (and their associated herbivores) to freshwater and oligosaline lakes. These ecosystems are linked by a dynamic glacio-fluvial-aeolian geomorphic system that transports water, geological material, organic carbon and nutrients from the glacier surface to adjacent terrestrial and aquatic systems. This paraglacial system is now subject to substantial change because of rapid regional warming since 2000. Here, we describe changes in the eco- and geomorphic systems at a range of timescales and explore rapid future change in the links that integrate these systems. We highlight the importance of cross-system subsidies at the landscape scale and, importantly, how these might change in the near future as the Arctic is expected to continue to warm.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BioScience
Creators: Anderson, N.J., Saros, J.E., Bullard, J.E., Cahoon, S.M.P., McGowan, S., Bagshaw, E.A., Barry, C.D., Bindler, R., Burpee, B.T., Carrivick, J.L., Fowler, R.A., Fox, A.D., Fritz, S.C., Giles, M.E., Hamerlik, L., Ingeman-Nielsen, T., Law, A.C., Mernild, S.H., Northington, R.M., Osburn, C.L., Pla-Rabès, S., Post, E., Telling, J., Stroud, D.A., Whiteford, E.J., Yallop, M.L. and Yde, J.C.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 1 February 2017
Volume: 67
Number: 2
ISSN: 0006-3568
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10.1093/biosci/biw158DOI
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Jul 2018 13:32
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 15:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34178

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