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Alaska's Changing Arctic: Ecological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes

John E. Hobbie and George W. Kling

Abstract

This book synthesizes the findings from the NSF-funded Arctic LTER project based in Toolik Lake, Alaska, a site that has been active since the mid-1970s. The book presents research concerning the core issues of climate-change science, and addresses the treeless regions of arctic Alaska, as well as the adjoining boreal forests. The book examines both terrestrial and freshwater-aquatic ecosystems, and their three typical habitats: tundra, streams and lakes. The book provides a history of the Toolik Lake LTER site, and discusses its present condition and future outlook. The chapters create a mult ... More

Keywords: Arctic LTER project, Toolik Lake, Alaska, climate change, arctic ecosystems, glacial history, climatology, mercury, environmental change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199860401.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Hobbie, editor
The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

George W. Kling, editor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

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1 Introduction

John E. Hobbie

2 Climate and Hydrometeorology of the Toolik Lake Region and the Kuparuk River Basin

Jessica E. Cherry, Stephen J. Déry, Yiwei Cheng, Marc Stieglitz, Amy S. Jacobs, Feifei Pan

3 Glacial History and Long-Term Ecology in the Toolik Lake Region

Donald A. Walker, Thomas D. Hamilton, Hilmar A. Maier, Corinne A. Munger, Martha K. Raynolds

4 Late-Quaternary Environmental and Ecological History of the Arctic Foothills, Northern Alaska

W. Wyatt Oswald, Linda B. Brubaker, Feng Sheng Hu, George W. Kling

5 Terrestrial Ecosystems at Toolik Lake, Alaska

Gaius R. Shaver, James A. Laundre, M. Syndonia Bret-Harte, F. Stuart Chapin, III, Joel A. Mercado-Díaz, Anne E. Giblin, Laura Gough, William A. Gould, Sarah E. Hobbie, George W. Kling, Michelle C. Mack, John C. Moore, Knute J. Nadelhoffer, Edward B. Rastetter, Joshua P. Schimel

6 Land–Water Interactions

George W. Kling, Heather E. Adams, Neil D. Bettez, William B. Bowden, Byron C. Crump, Anne E. Giblin, Kristin E. Judd, Katy Keller, George W. Kipphut, Edward R. Rastetter, Gaius R. Shaver, Marc Stieglitz

7 Ecology of Streams of the Toolik Region

William B. Bowden, Bruce J. Peterson, Linda A. Deegan, Alex D. Huryn, Jonathan P. Benstead, Heidi Golden, Michael Kendrick, Stephanie M. Parker, Elissa Schuett, Joseph J. Vallino, John E. Hobbie

8 The Response of Lakes Near the Arctic LTER to Environmental Change

Chris Luecke, Anne E. Giblin, Neil D. Bettez, Greta A. Burkart, Byron C. Crump, Mary Anne Evans, Gretchen Gettel, Sally MacIntyre, W. John O Brien, Parke A. Rublee, George W. Kling

9 Mercury in the Alaskan Arctic

William F. Fitzgerald, Chad R. Hammerschmidt, Daniel R. Engstrom, Prentiss H. Balcom, Carl H. Lamborg, Chun-Mao Tseng

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