1. Hierarchy of Stress Tolerance for Flowering Plants in Extreme Polar Desert; 2. Establishment of Permanent Plots for International Tundra Experiment (ITEX)

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Kitikmeot, Nunavut

Tags: biology, revegetation, vegetation, climate change, paleoenvironment, deglaciation, succession

Principal Investigator: Svoboda, Josef (15)
Licence Number: 12202
Organization: University of Toronto
Licensed Year(s): 1994 1993 1992 1991 1988 1987
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Esther Levesque, Andrew Kwiecien, Glenda Jones, Michael Svoboda, Dr. Fred Daniels

Objective(s): To determine which species of vascular plants reach and survive in the extreme conditions of polar deserts; to establish permanent plots in tundra of the newly built snow fence zone.

Project Description: The researcher and his team will learn how plants returned to the arctic realm after the retreat of the continental ice sheet some 8000 years ago, and what the prospect is for the present polar deserts to become green again if the climate ameliorates, as predicted. As well, they will investigate the effects of climate warming on tundra plant communities in the Mid-arctic, through the simulation of higher snow accumulation using a snow fence.