ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social, and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea

Project Leader(s)

Loseto, Lisa

The goal of this research program is to use the platform of knowledge co-production among Inuit, other decision makers, and researchers to identify indicators of ecosystem health for the Beaufort Sea. Inuit continue to maintain a close relationship with and dependence on the Beaufort Sea ecosystem for their livelihoods, particularly through harvesting fish and wildlife for subsistence. In recent years, climate change and natural resource extractive industries have put the Beaufort Sea ecosystem under increasing pressure. The rapid nature of these changes heightens the urgency to identify ways to sustainably manage and govern this ecosystem. This research will use a multiple evidence based (MEB) approach to bridge diverse knowledge systems (Inuit and western science) towards the development of indicators to monitor changes in the ecosystem. In the first phase of the research, local and Inuit Traditional Knowledge, and western science will be brought together to develop indicators to support monitoring of beluga whale health (Delphinapterus leucas). In the second phase, the MEB approach will be used at a regional scale to integrate across social, ecological, and economic disciplines. A suite of indicators will be selected that inform decision-making based on the long-term objectives for marine resource use in the Beaufort Sea. Contributes to IRIS: 1