ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Effects of Climate Shifts on the Canadian Arctic Wildlife: Ecosystem-Based Monitoring and Modelling

Project Leader(s)

Berteaux, Dominique
Gauthier, Gilles

Arctic ecosystems are undergoing major changes related to climate shifts. To understand these transformations, this project is monitoring 35 wildlife populations (primarily mammals and birds) at 12 study sites in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, including Rankin Inlet, Coats Island, Southampton Island, Igloolik Island, and Bylot Island. Field observations are carried out to better understand ecological processes determining the response of wildlife to climate shifts. In addition, the ecosystem-scale exposures and sensitivities of the tundra to climate change are identified through modeling in order to estimate and map, at a regional scale, the ecological vulnerability of the tundra to climate shifts. Northern Quebec is used as a first case study to map tundra vulnerability, with plans to expand this work to larger areas. Project members work in collaboration with Environment Canada, Government of Nunavut, Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Nunavut and Nunavik Wildlife Management Boards, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Ouranos Consortium, and the Hunters and Trappers Organizations of many northern communities. Contributes to IRIS: 2, 4