Arctic Vegetation Archive

Attigun River Canyon, Alaska

Addressing biodiversity questions in the Arctic is a challenging task because there are large gaps in the information on vegetation patterns, which are essential to quantify species-environmental relationships and make ecosystem-level predictions. Data from a large body of vegetation plot data that have been collected across the Arctic during the past century would provide a key missing link required to derive predictive models of future distributions under different climate-change scenarios. The goal of the International Arctic Vegetation Database is to unite and harmonize the vegetation data from the Arctic Tundra Biome for use in developing a panarctic vegetation classification and for use in research on climate and biodiversity. This open access database would be the first to represent an entire global biome.

For more information: