Special Issue "Arctic Birds in a Changing Climate"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Birds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hans Meltofte
Guest Editor
Department of Bioscience–Arctic Ecosystem Ecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Interests: arctic birds; climate change; waterbird populations; waterbird migration

Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

Climate changes have been important stressors of biodiversity since the beginning of time. This applies not least to Arctic birds during all of the Quaternary, since few places on Earth have fluctuated as much climatically as the polar regions. This means that Arctic biodiversity may be better adapted to climate fluctuations than most other biomes. However, with the recent human-induced climate changes, the capacity of Arctic biodiversity to adapt may be challenged.

In this Special Issue of Animals, we will explore the recent and historic effects of climate change on bird species and populations in the Arctic. What can we learn from impacts of historic climatic bottlenecks on Arctic birds, and what are the effects of contemporary climate changes and fluctuations—positive, negative, or non-existent? Are there significant differences between different parts of the Arctic, and are there carryover effects from climate and land-use changes on staging and wintering grounds of Arctic-breeding birds? The latter includes impacts on the migration itself as well as unsustainable use (hunting and disturbance), on which papers are as welcome as from the Arctic proper, provided that they relate to effects of climate changes.

Dr. Hans Meltofte
Guest Editor

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  • Arctic birds
  • climate change
  • flyway populations
  • land use change
  • unsustainable use

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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