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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


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.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410



Funding Agencies

  • Alaska Climate Science Center


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey