Biological and climate diversity of the central part of the Svalbard Arctic archipelago (Petunia)

Arctic biological and climate diversity is an interdisciplinary (biology and climatology) research project, which is proposed as a part of the Network for ARCtic Climate and Biological DIVersity Studies (ARCDIV) - a multidisciplinary international research initiative.

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  • terrestrial biology
  • cryosphere

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  • biosphere / terrestrial ecosystems / alpine/tundra

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This initiative is prepared under the auspices of the International Polar Year (ARCDIV No. 313). The project is seeking to explore the diversity of both climates and ecosystems, at the landscape scale within the central part of the Svalbard Arctic archipelago (Billefjorden - Petuniabukta). The Czech research team is represented by three institutions: the University of South Bohemia in Èeské Budìjovice; the Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; and Masaryk University in Brno) and covers the following research disciplines: microbial - plant, animal ecology-ecophysiology, and climatology. The following subjects are studied: -Investigate biological variability -Diversity - productivity parameters modified by abiotic parameters, at the same habitat sites. -Investigate climate variability modified by physical processes in the atmo- pedo-hydro-cryosphere, on several different scales. -Connect the physical - biological variability on the landscape scale to both regional and hemispheric climate circulation, with the help of mathematical models.

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