Ecosystem Response, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery in Arctic Landscapes: Progress and Prospects

  • J. D. Tenhunen
  • J. F. Reynolds
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 120)


Research on terrestrial tundra ecosystems of northern Alaska has been directly and indirectly linked to social and economic interests since World War II (Washburn and Weller 1986). The discovery of large petroleum reserves (Energy Resource Map of Alaska 1977) made it clear that compromises would have to be made to satisfy both economic demands and environmental concerns. This led to the specific recommendations made by the National Research Council (NRC) committee on ecological research priorities for the Arctic (NAS 1982) and the subsequent implementation of the R4D program by the Department of Energy (DOE) at the Imnavait Creek watershed near Toolik Lake, Alaska (Fig. 1.1, this Vol.). The series of recommendations — and expected benefits — made by the NRC committee (Chap. 1, this Vol.) are reviewed here in the context of R4D results (italics indicate a direct paraphrasing of the recommendations).


Particulate Organic Carbon North Slope Arctic Tundra Toolik Lake Tussock Tundra 
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