Russian and French scientists to study the climate change impact on animals in Greenland and Yamal
«We plan the project together with the French Academy of Sciences. We are going to assess the impact of climate change on Arctic terrestrial ecosystems by studying both the dynamics of populations and the composition of species, based on the data from different sites in Greenland and Russia. There are populations of lemming and of several predator species — foxes, hunting gulls (Stercorarius), and owls, — at all the sites but each of the sites has different structures in terms of magnitudes of populations. We are going to use that contrast in our work,» Sokolov said.
The information obtained during the work on the project will contribute to understanding of the processes which take place in the Arctic ecosystems and will help to work out various scenarios. It will also help develop a strategy for preserving existing biodiversity.