#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. An international team of researchers has created the Arctic Animal Movement Archive (AAMA), reflecting the impact of climate change on the ecosystems of the region. With the help of the archive, scientists will be able to share their data and together study the reactions of animals to the changes taking place in the Arctic.
“The purpose of AAMA is to unite scientists in a common working network and facilitate their cooperation. This is especially important as the Arctic region covers many countries and the changes taking place in the Arctic are reflected around the world”, say experts from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who participated in the project.
The project currently contains over 15 million data points from 8 000 animals. Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences Geography Institute have submitted data on the white-fronted geese and long-tailed ducks as well as species of Larus genus gulls migration to replenish the archive. It turned out that in recent years, the nesting area of the Western European population of white-fronted geese has greatly expanded to the north and east of Russia, reaching the easternmost regions of Taimyr. And the number of long-tailed ducks, one of the most abundant species of sea ducks in the Arctic, at wintering grounds, has more than halved over the past 30 years.
Text: Victor Tsaryov, Photo: open sources