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Recent publications and awards

Environmental Research Letters, Focus Issue: Focus on Dynamics of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Vegetation.
Guest editors: Howard E. Epstein, University of Virginia; Donald (Skip) A. Walker, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Isla Myers-Smith, University of Alberta.
The articles in this collection were selected for their presentation of outstanding research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees and the highest number of downloads last year.

Topp, R. 2012. The Changing Arctic. UA Museum of the North (movie).

Applied Vegetation Science Editor's Award:
Walker, D.A., Kuss, H.P., Epstein, H.E., Kade, A.N., Vonlanthen, C., Raynolds, M.K., Daniëls, F.J.A. 2011. Vegetation of zonal patterned-ground ecosystems along the North American Arctic Transect. Applied Vegetation Science. 14:440-463.

Arctic Report Card, Update for 2011, Vegetation, November 10, 2011.

Raynolds, M.K., Walker, D.A., Epstein, H.E., Pinzon, J.E., Tucker, C.J. 2012. A new estimate of tundra-biome phytomass from trans-Arctic field data and AVHRR NDVI. Remote Sensing Letters. 3:403-411.

Walker, D.A., Raynolds, M.K. 2011. An International Arctic Vegetation Database: A foundation for panarctic biodiversity studies. CAFF Strategy Series Report nr. 5. 29. PDF.

Recent news

The ManTIS in use at Happy Valley ManTIS logo Marcel Buchhorn, PhD candidate from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), spent the summer at the AGC lab and in the Alaskan Arctic doing research. Marcel attended also the Arctic Vegetation Ecology: Excursion summer course that Skip taught. His main research interests are the spectral characteristics as well as BRDF characteristics (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) of tundra vegetation communities along gradients. Therefore he developed the gonio-spectrometer 'ManTIS', for easy ground truthing of satellite measurements, and brought it with him to test in the Alaskan Arctic. Aim of the collaborative research with the AGC is understanding of the reflectance signatures of tundra biomes along the main gradients in order to develop hyperspectral vegetation indices for the new EnMAP satellite mission.


Anscombe, N. 2012. Arctic ground measurements confirm satellite data, Environmental Research Web, April 3, 2012.

Lindsey, R. Shrub Takeover One Sign of Arctic Change, ClimateWatch Magazine, January 18, 2012.

Lindsey, R. Arctic Tundra Growing "Greener" From Warmer Summers, ClimateWatch Magazine, December 1, 2011.

The mission of the Arctic Geobotany Center is to: