The team is beginning by identifying and documenting databases that explain adaption efforts. They are conducting interviews and bringing together diverse groups. Funding comes from the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Alaska Climate Science Center.
According to the lead investigator of the project, Douglas Clark, the objective is to identify the factors that facilitate or impede the development and spread of community adaptations to arctic change, by working with both the creators and intended users of existing databases that catalogue such adaptations. Observations to rule-based models that describe adaptation processes ranging from top-down agency planning to grass-roots community planning, will provide a framework to link community-empowered local adaptation with information and other resources available at larger scales. Through comparisons within and between adjacent jurisdictions in two arctic nations (Yukon, Canada and Alaska, USA) and the literature from other arctic nations, the project will assess factors that account for community differences in sensitivity to stressors and capacity to adapt. The team intends to work directly with the creators of those regionally-relevant databases and focus primarily on developing insights into the roles of (1) governance and institutional function and (2) management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources as key mediators of community adaptation.
The Northwest Boreal Partnership would like to thank our generous core funders: the Volgenau Foundation, Alaska Conservation Foundation, National Science Foundation, Network for Landscape Conservation, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Photos for this site provided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Tanana Chiefs Conference.