Biotic indicators of Arctic environmental changes

The Polish Polar Consortium, Wrocław University and Jagiellonian University, Poland, invite the participants of the Arctic Circle Assembly to a session on how Arctic terrestrial ecosystems respond to changes in temperature, water and nutrient availability. The speakers from both Poland and abroad will present the latest research on landscape-level vegetation dynamics, Arctic dendrochronology, shrubification and rapid plant colonization in the forefields of retreating glaciers. 

Date and place: 

Sunday, October 21, 11:15-12:15, room: Rima A 


  • Stéphane Boudreau, PhD, Universite Laval, Centre for Northern Studies (CEN), Quebec, Canada: Impacts of climate change on the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in Nunavik (subarctic Québec)
  • Magdalena Opała-Owczarek, PhD, University of Silesia in Katowice, Department of Climatology, Sosnowiec, Poland, and Piotr Owczarek, Associate Professor, University of Wroclaw, Institute of Geography and Regional Development, Wroclaw, Poland: Influence of extreme climatic conditions on growth rings of Low Arctic shrubs.
  • Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Reykjavik, Iceland: Vegetation and ecosystem responses to climate warming in the high Arctic
  • Wiesław Ziaja, Professor, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Krakow, Poland: Increase in biodiversity after glacial recession in the SE Spitsbergen coast
  • Bogdan Zagajewski, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw, Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Warsaw, Poland: Spectral properties of selected High-Arctic plants

Detailed information about the session is available at the AC 2018 webpage:


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