Climate Impacts on Caribou

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Funded Title: 
Linking Climate, Vegetation, and Ungulate Dynamics Across the Alaska Region
Feb 2013

Several possible mechanisms may be responsible for recent declines in many caribou herds, including the effects of climate change. This project aims to form a research consortium that will integrate two Alaskan Landscape Conservation Cooperative projects and facilitate coordination between leaders and colleagues in the scientific community to address caribou dynamics. The research conducted under this project will use the relationship between climate and caribou as a focal point to identify and explore the connections between climate, movement of soil nutrients, plant quality for animal foraging, caribou dietary behavior, and herd dynamics for caribou in Alaska, Western Canada, and Svalbard.