Complexity revealed in the greening of the Arctic

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As the Arctic warms, vegetation is responding, and satellite measures indicate widespread greening at high latitudes. This ‘greening of the Arctic’ is among the world’s most important large-scale ecological responses to global climate change. However, a consensus is emerging that the underlying causes and future dynamics of so-called Arctic greening and browning trends are more complex, variable and inherently scale-dependent than previously thought. Here we summarize the complexities of observing and interpreting high-latitude greening to identify priorities for future research. Incorporating satellite and proximal remote sensing with in-situ data, while accounting for uncertainties and scale issues, will advance the study of past, present and future Arctic vegetation change.


  • Isla H. Myers-Smith
  • Jeffrey T. Kerby
  • Gareth K. Phoenix
  • Jarle W. Bjerke
  • Howard E. Epstein
  • Jakob J. Assmann
  • Christian John
  • Laia Andreu-Hayles
  • Sandra Angers-Blondin
  • Pieter S.A. Beck
  • Logan T. Berner
  • Uma S. Bhatt
  • Anne D. Bjorkman
  • Daan Blok
  • Anders Bryn
  • Casper T. Christiansen
  • J. Hans C. Cornelissen
  • Andrew M. Cunliffe
  • Sarah C. Elmendorf
  • Bruce C. Forbes
  • Scott J. Goetz
  • Robert D. Hollister
  • Rogier de Jong
  • Michael M. Loranty
  • Marc Macias-Fauria
  • Kadmiel Maseyk
  • Signe Normand
  • Johan Olofsson
  • Thomas C. Parker
  • Eric Post
  • Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
  • Frode Stordal
  • Patrick F. Sullivan
  • Haydn J.D. Thomas
  • Hans Tømmervik
  • Rachael Treharne
  • Craig E. Tweedie
  • Donald A. Walker
  • Martin Wilmking
  • Sonja Wipf
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Externa organisationer
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Sheffield
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  • University of Virginia
  • Aarhus University
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Lapland
  • Grand Valley State University
  • University of Zurich
  • Colgate University
  • University of Oxford
  • Open University
  • Umeå University
  • University of Stirling
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald
  • WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra
  • NORCE Norwegian Research Centre
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Klimatforskning
Sidor (från-till)106-117
Antal sidor12
TidskriftNature Climate Change
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2020 jan 31
Peer review utfördJa