Co-Chairs: Katriina O'Kane (Parks Canada)
Greg Henry (University of British Columbia)
Stephen McCanny (Parks Canada)
Donald McLennan (Polar Knowledge Canada)
Zoe Panchen (University of British Columbia)
Northern ecosystems are responding to the unprecedented changes in climate, with Arctic warming occurring at twice the global average. To predict and follow the responses in these ecosystems, programs have been established throughout the North using experimental approaches, space-for-time substitution and long-term monitoring. This session will focus on research and monitoring programs with timescales of >10 years and at spatial scales from plots to biomes. The goal of the session is to feature presentations from many perspectives, including researchers engaged in long-term experiments, community members tracking environmental changes, government biologists and wildlife board members, and remote sensing specialists. Besides results from the programs, there will be a panel at the end of the session to discuss what makes long-term monitoring programs successful, what impacts do they have on ecosystem management, and how can Indigenous and scientific knowledge be melded together in these programs to produce better research and monitoring.