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  • April 12-13: CAFF CFG meeting with focus on floristic activities.
  • April 14: Joint CAFF CFG/IAVD meeting to discuss compatibility between the species lists for the IAVD and the various products being developed by the CFG.
  • April 15-16: IAVD workshop with focus on database activities. 


CFG meeting April 12-14, 2013 

The main agenda items during the CFG meeting will be:

  • The Arctic Plant Portal
  • Red list of Arctic plants
  • CFG activities associated with the Panarctic Species List, PASL, v. 1.0 (the list of accepted vascular-plant, lichen, and bryophyte species names and synonyms for the IAVD).  

Steffi Ickert-Bond will chair the CFG meeting in Stephen TalbotR17;s absence. Steffi is currently on sabbatical and Stephen Talbot is currently in the Czech Republic at a vegetation-analysis workshop.

The important thing now is for the CFG members to plan for the meeting and start making travel arrangements. See Venue and Housing arrangements below.

Please inform Kári Fannar Lárusson ( kari [AT] caff [DOT] is) at the CAFF Secretariat if you will be attending and to contact him if you have any queries. Stephan Talbot and Steffi Ickert-Bond will provide more detailed information and preliminary agenda once they both return from vacations in early February.


AVA meeting April 14-16, 2013

The AVA workshop will bring key participants from the Arctic countries together to address the issue of assembling the available vegetation plot (relevé) data into a single database. This database is needed to develop circumpolar vegetation-change models, biodiversity models, and a circumpolar Arctic vegetation classification. The IAVD will be useful to a wide variety of Arctic issues being addressed by the Arctic Council, international government agencies, and the Arctic community of vegetation, biodiversity, and climate-change scientists. A major goal is to harmonize the North American and European approaches to vegetation classification in the Arctic. 

Topics of invited talks

Invited speakers are asked to address these topics in 20-minute talks with 10 minutes for discussion. Please bring written drafts of the papers to the workshop to speed publication of the proceedings.

  1. Status of Arctic vegetation plot datasets and vegetation classification in the Arctic. Reviews of vegetation datasets and classification are requested for Arctic Alaska, Arctic Canada, Greenland, Arctic Iceland, Svalbard and Arctic Scandinavia, and Arctic Russia. Reviewers should focus on the true Arctic as defined by CAFF and the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map. Of particular interest are plot datasets with complete species lists of vascular plants, lichens, and bryophytes and conducted according the principles of the Braun-Blanquet approach or equivalent method, preferably with accompanying environmental data and good metadata to explain the information. Brief statements of the datasets and approaches to classification should be included. Tabular summaries should include investigator names, locations and accuracy of location information, numbers of relevés, habitat types, natural vs. disturbed vegetation, quality of data, evaluation of the priority status of the dataset for a circumpolar vegetation classification, and status of metadata. Other environmental data collected, should be reviewed if possible in tabular format. Include comments regarding how easy it will be to include the data in an international database and whether or not help would be needed to accomplish this (e.g., are the data in digital format, or already in a database?).
  2. Status of Arctic vegetation databases. Reviews are requested for four database approaches currently used in the Arctic: Turboveg as used in SynBioSys and the European Vegetation Archive, VegBank as used by the U.S. National Vegetation Classification, the Canadian National Vegetation Classification approach, and IBIS, a Russian database. Reviewers should describe the database, outline how much Arctic Vegetation information is currently stored in the database, past applications of the database, availability of the data, advantages and disadvantages of the database approach, if the information can be easily transferred to a Turboveg database, how environmental data are handled, how metadata are handled and other relevant information that would help in incorporation of the data into an international database. An evening session will be devoted to demonstration of the databases.
  3. Prototype IAVD databases. Reviewers are asked to review the status of two prototype projects in northern Alaska and Greenland.
  4. Possible applications of the database.


Access the Proceedings of the AVA Workshop, Krakow, Poland.


Participants in the FG and IAVD meetings will need to arrange and pay for their own travel to the meeting, lodging and meals. There is a 50 EUR registration fee to help pay for the meeting hall and refreshment breaks during the meeting.

We have only a small amount of support for he meeting, but are continuing to seek other sources.

Arrangements will be made to partially reimburse the costs of the IAVD invited speakers.


We have received 10 000 EUR from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Secretariat to help support invited speakers at the IAVD meeting. 1/3 of IASC funds will be used to support early career scientists giving invited talks. We will continue to look for additional funding sources, but likely there will not be sufficient funds to fully support any of the invited speakers, and we ask that speakers also seek other sources of funding.

Venue and housing

The meetings will be held the Jagiellonian University "Floriańska Guesthouse", which is in the Old Town. Housing arrangements can also be made here. There may be competition with others during the ASSW 2013, so make reservations as soon as possible to avoid having to find other accommodations. Reservations can made using the above web site. Breakfast is part of the room package.


We invite you to send us an expression of interest for participation no later than 1 Feb January 2013. Please download and complete the Registration Form.

Preliminary IAVD meeting agenda

April 13: Travel to Krakow

April 14: Joint CAFF FG / IAVD WG meeting. The IAVD concept, progress to date, and status of circumpolar vegetation datasets

Morning: IAVD Introduction, species list issues

Welcome and overview and history of the IAVD concept: Skip Walker

Summary of CAFF FG meeting activities: Steffi Ickert-Bond

PanArctic Species List (PASL v. 1.0): Martha Raynolds, Amy Breen, Helga Bültmann, Stephan Hennekens

Looking ahead to applications of the IAVD:

CBIO-NETR11;IAVD initiative: Loïc Pellisier, Laerka Stewart, Mary Wisz et al.

An International Arctic Vegetation Classification: Fred Daniëls

Afternoon: Status of vegetation databases in Alaska, Canada, Greenland

Arctic Alaska: Amy Breen, Skip Walker et al.

Arctic Canada: Katherine Kennedy, Dietbert Thannheiser et al.

Greenland: Helga Bültmann, Fred Daniëls, Christian Bay et al.

15 April: Status of circumpolar vegetation datasets (continued)

Morning:  Summaries from Iceland, Svalbard, Scandinavia, Russia

Arctic Iceland: Guðmundur Guðjónsson, Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir

Svalbard and Scandinavia: Arve Elvebakk, Dietbert Thannheiser, et al.

Arctic Russia: Nadya Matveyeva (Taimyr region and polar desert), Ksusha Ermokina (Yamal region), Sergei Kholod (European Russia and Wrangel Island), Natalia Koroleva (Kola Peninsula), Valodya Razzhivin (Chukotka), Olga Sumina (disturbed habitats), et al. (number of Russian talks to be determined based on availability of travel funds)

Afternoon: Database issues

Turboveg: Stephan Hennekens (presented by Amy Breen)

European Vegetation Archive: Milan Chytrý or designate

VegBank: Michael Lee, Robert Peet

Russian IBIS database: Andrey Zverev

Canadian database: Will Mackenzie et al.

Progress on prototype IAVD databases:

               Greenland: Helga Bultmann and Fred Daniels

               Northern Alaska: Amy Breen and Skip Walker


Demos of Turboveg, VegBank and other databases.

April 16: Next steps, proposals, publication of workshop proceedings

Morning: Summary of action items:

    1. Next steps for the IAVD.
    2. Organization of the IAVD initiative (leadership and key people in each country).
    3. Identify key individuals who could assemble data for each part of the Arctic.
    4. IAVD committee that will be responsible for coordinating, reviewing, and publishing the database.
    5. Funding plans in each country.
    6. Schedule.
    7. Publications.

Afternoon: Wrap-up and end of workshop

Summary of Arctic Science Summit Week activities 

The CAFF FG/IAVD WG meetings will precede the Arctic Science Summit Week 2013. Please take a look at the schedule for the week and also consider presenting a paper at the Science Symposium. CFG members, who are also members of the IASC Terrestrial Working Group are required to attend the IASC TWG meeting all day on 13 April. 

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