New Review Article

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Biological and functional traits analysis is an emerging tool increasingly used to answer pressing ecological questions. In the review article “Trait-based approaches in rapidly changing ecosystems: A roadmap to the future polar oceans” published in the journal Ecological indicators, a team led by ‘Arctic Traits Project’ post-doc Renate Degen from Vienna University along with project team member and Arctic SIZE researcher Bodil Bluhm summarize the outcome of the “Arctic Traits Workshop” in December 2016 in Vienna. Based on a review of 233 relevant publications from the marine realm and the combined (mostly Arctic benthic) expertise of the team, we propose a six-step roadmap that the team thinks can move the application of trait-based approaches in polar regions forward.