Iqaluit in August of 2010. As of January 2011, the bay has still not frozen over. Photo: Eric Solomon.

Last post, we heard from Albert Elias in his words and voice about changes in the north. Back in December, Doctors Barry Smit, and Tristan Pearce of the University of Guelph presented a scientific perspective of change and adaptation in the north at the 2010 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting.  The abstracts can be found here. Much of that work focused on Albert Elias’ community of Ulukhaktok, NWT.

One point that was made during the ArcticNet meeting was the importance of the transfer of environmental knowledge and land skills from older generations to younger. That understanding, Pearce, Smit and their colleagues argue, will be a critical factor for successful adaptation of northern Inuit communities to environmental changes in the Arctic.

Here’s a recent news article discussing the relationship between traditional knowledge and the ability for northern communities to adapt to the changing climate.

If you’re interested in such things, you can find a recent publication by these researchers on Inuit adaptation to climate change in the journal, Polar Record:

Inuit vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada
Tristan Pearce, Barry Smit, Frank Duerden, James D. Ford, Annie Goose and Fred Kataoyak (2010).
Polar Record, Volume 46, Issue 02, April 2010 pp 157-177

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