AORS - Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability

Designing an improved network of long-term monitoring sites for arctic vertebrates: towards a better involvement of local communities through participatory science programmes – TAMANI

Submission summary

The arctic environment is changing at an alarming rate and it is essential to understand the consequences of such changes on arctic biodiversity. Longterm monitoring programmes of key arctic species are the backbone of scientific research aiming at studying these ecological consequences. The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program of the Arctic Council recommends that such monitoring should be conducted and coordinated at a
pan-arctic scale, and should involve indigenous participants. However, these monitoring programmes are still mainly operated by national research
institutions, with a very uneven distribution of study sites across the Arctic and little involvement of local communities. In this context our project will
handle the following key questions: What is the best, most efficient survey design for pan-arctic monitoring? Are current monitoring plans adequate,
and how can they be improved? How can participatory citizen science best contribute to pan-Arctic long-term monitoring? What are the current
participatory initiatives, and how can they be improved? We will focus on land vertebrates and seabirds which are acknowledged indicator species of
arctic change and emblematic species for local communities. Using interviews of representatives of institutions funding arctic research and of
representatives of arctic communities, we will assess their perceptions and expectations of pan-arctic, long-term participatory research activities on
land vertebrates and seabirds. Further, we will use pan-arctic data on existing monitoring programmes of land vertebrates and seabirds, to test the
hypothesis that this network of monitoring sites is unevenly distributed relative to environmental gradients. These analyses will allow us to propose a
revised, ecologically sound network of key monitoring sites for land vertebrates and seabirds, that allows the most efficient study of these key species
on a pan-arctic scale while fully involving local communities in participatory citizen science programmes.

Project coordinator

Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (Laboratoire public)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


Trent University
University of Alberta
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive

Help of the ANR 67,808 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: March 2015 - 36 Months

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