The climate and flora of northern continental landscapes are changing dramatically due to global heating and human-caused factors. The high-impact international journal Plants (Q1, Web of Science) has dedicated a special issue, “Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems Changes”, to this. Three researchers from TSU’s BioGeoClim laboratory will be guest editors of the issue: Sergey Loiko, Artyom Lim, and Tatiana Raudina.
Current changes in soil and flora are also caused by the increased number of forest fires. A warmer climate is more welcoming for wood-eating insects. Oil and gas companies play a major part in changes too, especially in Northern Eurasia. All these factors transform biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity.
The special issue, “Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems Changes”, will feature articles on all aspects of the changes based on experimental and field studies, including data gathered by remote sensing.
BioGeoClim research staff has many publications on the topic, including publications in top-ranked journals such as Nature. The laboratory was created under a megagrant supported by the Russian government. Its goal is to study climate change in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Russia and their influence on the functioning of ecosystems, biogeochemical processes, and social and economic aspects of human life. The head of the laboratory is Oleg Pokrovsky, TSU scientist and lead researcher of the Observatory Midi-Pyrénées.