Svalbards terrestrial ecosystem - climate impacts and trophic interactions among herbivores

The project is a pilot study testing field methods compatible with sampling methods used in a large scale ecosystem study (EcoFin) on Varangerhalvøya in Finnmark. The results/experiences form this pilot study will form the basis for a larger ecosystem study with aim to investigate consequences of climate related changes on high-Arctic terrestrial herbivore species and their trophic interactions, with focus on the postulated changes in onset of spring and increasing goose populations.