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Winter range studies of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Northwest Alaska

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2011

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Joly, Kyle, 2011, Winter range studies of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Northwest Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Climate change is likely to bring a myriad of interrelated changes to the Arctic. One change is warmer and drier conditions that could increase the prevalence of wildfire in northwest Alaska. Wildfires destroy terricolous lichens that Western Arctic Herd caribou ( Rangifer tarandus ) rely on during winter; taking decades to recover. My goals were to assess the recent (1950-2007) fire regime within the herd's range, identify characteristics of habitat selected by overwintering caribou, and determine the potential impacts of climate change on the fire regime and caribou winter range. I used a combination of existing data and information collected at vegetation plots to conduct these analyses. I found that wildfires in the tundra were [...]

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