Recent Changes in Arctic Vegetation: Satellite Observations and Simulation Model Predictions

  • Scott J. Goetz
  • Howard E. Epstein
  • Uma S. Bhatt
  • Gensuo J. Jia
  • Jed O. Kaplan
  • Heike Lischke
  • Qin Yu
  • Andrew Bunn
  • Andrea H. Lloyd
  • Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
  • Pieter S.A. Beck
  • Josefino C. Comiso
  • Martha K. Raynolds
  • Donald A. Walker


This chapter provides an overview of observed changes in vegetation productivity in Arctic tundra and boreal forest ecosystems over the past 3 decades, based on satellite remote sensing and other observational records, and relates these to climate variables and sea ice conditions. The emerging patterns and relationships are often complex but clearly reveal a contrast in the response of the tundra and boreal biomes to recent climate change, with the tundra showing increases and undisturbed boreal forests mostly reductions in productivity. The possible reasons for this divergence are discussed and the consequences of continued climate warming for the vegetation in the Arctic region assessed using ecosystem models, both at the biome-scale and at high spatial resolution focussing on plant functional types in the tundra and the tundra-forest ecotones.


Tree Ring Pacific Decadal Oscillation North Atlantic Oscillation Plant Functional Type Arctic Tundra 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott J. Goetz
    • 1
  • Howard E. Epstein
    • 2
  • Uma S. Bhatt
    • 3
  • Gensuo J. Jia
    • 4
  • Jed O. Kaplan
    • 5
  • Heike Lischke
    • 6
  • Qin Yu
    • 2
  • Andrew Bunn
    • 7
  • Andrea H. Lloyd
    • 8
  • Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
    • 9
  • Pieter S.A. Beck
    • 1
  • Josefino C. Comiso
    • 10
  • Martha K. Raynolds
    • 11
  • Donald A. Walker
    • 12
  1. 1.The Woods Hole Research CenterFalmouthUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Atmospheric Sciences Geophysical Institute, IARC Room 307University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  4. 4.START Regional Center for Temperate East AsiaChinese Academy of Science, Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsBeijingChina
  5. 5.EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanne, ENAC-ARVELausanneSwitzerland
  6. 6.Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  7. 7.Department of Environmental SciencesHuxley College, Western Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA
  8. 8.Department of BiologyMiddlebury CollegeMiddleburyUSA
  9. 9.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  10. 10.Cryospheric Sciences BranchNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  11. 11.Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  12. 12.Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic BiologyAlaska Geobotany Center, University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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