Climate Change in the Arctic
Climate change greatly impacts the Arctic region, with temperature increases in this region occurring twice as fast as compared to the global average. Under this rapid warming the sea ice melts, leading to alterations in the entire ecosystem. Loss of sea ice has caused habitat loss for many species, such as polar bears and ice-adapted seals. At the same time, sub-Arctic species that generally avoid ice are taking advantage of longer periods of open water and are expanding their habitat range to Arctic regions. Movements of both prey and predators could alter the dynamics of the Arctic food-webs, with possible health concerns not only to marine predators but also to indigenous communities that harvest for subsistence.
Sara Pedro is a PhD student in the Natural Resources and the Environment Department at the University of Connecticut. She is originally from Portugal and came to the United States about three years ago for her PhD. She is fascinated with the Arctic and Antarctic regions and all things polar.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.