“Connectivity in Boreal and Polar Environments”

COST meeting Vilnius (October 11-13, 2017)

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 The meeting “Connectivity in Boreal and Polar Environments” has the objective to understand connectivity in fragile environments extremely vulnerable to human impact and climate change. This cost meting wants to examine the importance of human induced degradation and climate changes in Boreal and Polar environments, such as (but not limited to) permafrost degradation and fires and how they can affect the connectivity within and between the systems. During this meeting, we will visit the wetlands of Čepkeliai reserve in Dzukija National Park, and understand how the maintenance of the hydrological connectivity in these ecosystems is important to the biodiversity of the area. We encourage the participation of young researchers in this meeting, and benefit from the lectures given by recognized experts and to build a strong network.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017
9:00-9:30: Registration
9:30-10:00: COST meeting opening. Paulo Pereira (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania)
10:00-11:00: Permafrost degradation and connectivity. Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain)
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-13:00: Oral presentations (3 presentations, 30 minutes each)
13:00-15:00: Lunch
15:00-17:00: Oral presentations (4 presentations, 30 minutes each)
Thursday, October 12th 2017
Field work day: Dzukija National Park Wetlands 9:00-18:00
Friday, October 13th 2017
9:30-10:30: Fires in Boreal environments. Kajar Koster (University of Helsinki, Finland)
10:30-11:00: Coffee Break11:00-13:00: Oral presentations (4 presentations, 30 minutes each)
13:00-15:00: Lunch
15:00-16:00: Connectivity in fire-affected areas. Manuel Lopez-Vicente (Spanish National Research Council, Spain)
16:00-16:30: Conference closure.
19:00: Conference dinner



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