ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Community Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic

Project Leader(s)

Ford, James

The overarching goal of this research program is to develop a dynamic understanding of the processes and conditions affecting community vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change. The program will build on completed vulnerability, resilience and adaptation research to develop and validate a novel, longitudinal community-based monitoring approach. This includes: (1) longitudinal reanalysis: replicate community vulnerability assessments conducted ten years prior to examine how continuing socio-ecological changes have affected human-environment interactions. Data will be collected using semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and participant observation; and (2) community-based monitoring: equip Inuit hunters with GPS units to take on every trip throughout the year to record land use data, followed with a series of fixed questions on their activities. Questions will focus on decisions made, hazards faced, coping mechanisms used, unusual conditions encountered, challenges experienced, and changes observed. Such monitoring will help develop real-time data on land-use, climate-related risks, adaptive responses, and limits to adaptation. The expected outcomes of this project will contribute to a dynamic understanding of how Inuit are affected by and respond to climate change, and identify opportunities to support Inuit adaptation. Contributes to IRIS: 1, 2, 4