Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alaska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alaska Project

RWO 224: Application of an Integrated Ecosystem Model: A multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary effort to understand potential landscape, habitat and ecosystem change in Alaska and Northwest Canada.

September 2016 - August 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Alaska Climate Science Center

The overarching goal of this research work order is continued development and application of the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) that integrates the driving components for, and the interactions among, disturbance regimes, permafrost dynamics, hydrology, and vegetation in Alaska and Northwest Canada. The outputs from the integrated model will provide natural resource managers and decision makers an improved understanding of the potential response of ecosystems to a changing climate. These projections of key ecological variables of interest (e.g., wildlife habitat conditions) can facilitate the integration of how landscapes may respond to climate change into resource management decisions.