Vegetation diversity and selected abiotic factors influencing the primary succession process on the foreland of Gåsbreen, Svalbard

Journal title

Polish Polar Research




vol. 37


No 4



Arctic ; bryophytes ; colonisation ; glacier ; lichens ; vascular plants

Divisions of PAS

Nauki o Ziemi




Polish Academy of Sciences ; Committee on Polar Research




Artykuły / Articles


DOI: 10.1515/popore-2016-0026 ; ISSN 0138-0338 ; eISSN 2081-8262


Polish Polar Research; 2016; vol. 37; No 4; 493-509


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Angelika BRANDT (Hamburg),

Claude DE BROYER (Bruxelles),

Peter CONVEY (Cambridge, UK),

J. Alistair CRAME (Cambridge, UK),

Rodney M. FELDMANN (Kent, OH),

Jane E. FRANCIS (Cambridge, UK),

Andrzej GAŹDZICKI (Warszawa)

Aleksander GUTERCH (Warszawa),

Jacek JANIA (Sosnowiec),

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Jacek SICIŃSKI (Łódź),

Michael STODDART (Hobart),

Witold SZCZUCIŃSKI (Poznań),

Andrzej TATUR (Warszawa),

Wim VADER (Tromsø),

Tony R. WALKER (Halifax, Nova Scotia),

Jan Marcin WĘSŁAWSKI (Sopot) - President.

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