CBMP Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring

The CBMP is working with partners across the Arctic to harmonize and enhance long-term terrestrial monitoring efforts, and to facilitate more powerful and cost-effective assessments through the generation of, and access to, improved circumpolar datasets.

For terrestrial environments, these efforts are led by a Terrestrial Steering Group with expertise from four Terrestrial Expert Networks (Vegetation; Arthropods; Birds; Mammals) who are working to implement the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. This is an agreement across Arctic nations to compile, harmonize and compare results from existing Arctic terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring efforts, across nations.

The CBMP-Terrestrial has identified key elements, called Focal Ecosystem Components (FECs), of the Arctic terrestrial ecosystem, where changes in FEC status likely indicate changes in the overall terrestrial environment.

FECs were identified within vegetation, arthropods, birds, and mammals. Furthermore, several attributes of FECs, such as abundance, demographics, diversity, or phenology, were identified and further classified as essential or recommended for monitoring.

Latest publications

thumb State of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Report
thumb State of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity: Key Findings and Advice for Monitoring
thumb Rif Field Station Ecosystem Monitoring
thumb Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Plan 2014: Annual Report on the Implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program’s Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.
thumb The Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan brochure and poster
thumb Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Canada, 2015
thumb Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: implementation and work plan Akureyri, Iceland, February 25-27, 2014
thumb Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

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