Monitoring Climate Change in the Arctic

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on Aug 1, 2019 11:07:00 AM

I have just returned with my team from conducting wetlands monitoring in the field in Scandinavia. Since 2005, I have been part of a team of scientists and citizens monitoring changes in population demographics of vascular species in Lapland. Lapland is the home of the Sámi people, the indigenous reindeer herders of northern Scandinavia and Russia in the Arctic Circle, and is also considered to be the cleanest environment on Earth. Our monitoring project has been based in Rovaniemi, Finland, and spans into Norway and Sweden.


"Intent reveals desire; action reveals commitment."
Steve Maraboli


Fen in the fells of Finland.


Pinguicula alpinaThe purpose of the project is the long term monitoring of the effects of climate change on arctic species.  We look specifically at the competitive encroachment of less hardy southern species and the climate-induced dieback of keystone, endemic arctic species. In addition, we have been making observations of overall habitat quality of various wetland habitats including blanket bogs, fens, tundra, and other wetlands of the taiga, which are critical for ecosystem resilience and the filtration of much of the Earth’s fresh water.  Funding for this project comes one-hundred percent from scientists and citizens like you, attending and paying their own way for field excursions, or finding sponsors.


IMG_8413I thought that you may enjoy learning about one of the ways that I have chosen to utilize the time efficiency gains Ecobot has provided for my consulting projects, enabling me to contribute more to the well-being and conservation of the Earth. What will you do? Feel free to join me in Scandinavia for the next field excursion, and/or send me your story about conservation projects you are working on around the world. Thank you for the amazing work that you do as a steward for the critical and sensitive habitats in this world.


And, if you have yet to realize the time and financial gains of Ecobot by closing on a block of sample points for the year, or for your next big project, contact me today. I would love to help you get that set up. I will look to speak with you soon.

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Topics: wetlands, climate, monitoring, Arctic, Europe, change, species, keystone, dieback, blanket bogs, fens, resilience, Lapland, conservation