Long-term scientific observations are important to understanding environmental changes. Because of climate change, woody shrubs are expected to increase on the tundra; snow conditions will change, too. The goal of my study is to evaluate these long-term changes. During 1991-1993, I spent 15 months on the land at Ekalluktok, on Wellington Bay, west of Cambridge Bay. I established 80 vegetation and snow observation points during my research on muskoxen. I recorded the quantity and types of plants; I measured the hardness and thickness of snow. These observations are important for assessing changes over the past 25 years. They are also a baseline for the future. I intend to repeat this study. In 2018, I will return to these observation points. In 1991, I marked each point with a small metal stake. I left those stakes on the land; I expect to find them again. In August 2018, I will estimate the abundance and composition of plants again. In April 2019, I will return to measure snow conditions. I will compare my new observations to the observations from the 1990s. Finally, I will share my information. I will photograph each plot; I will demonstrate the techniques to local residents and/or the staff at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station; and I will store the photographs and data so that people can use them in future.
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