Permafrost Agroecosystems

Permafrost-agroecosystems are highly heterogenous socio-ecological systems that include animal husbandry practices (such as reindeer and yak herding) and crop cultivation in areas that contain permafrost. These systems affect food security, culture and livelihoods and are therefore particularly sensitive to permafrost degradation processes, surface stability, erosion, water availability and other ecological changes. The goals of the permafrost-agroecosystem action group are (1) to provide a venue where an international group of scientists spanning many disciplines within the physical and social sciences can network and exchange ideas and (2) develop a global map product of permafrost-agroecosystems.

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