This paper outlines the rationale and objectives of research that documents and describes how environmental knowledge and land skills are generated and transmitted among Inuit in an arctic community, and investigates how this influences adaptation to climate change. Previous research on vulnerability to climate change in the Arctic identified environmental knowledge and land skills as key determinants of adaptive capacity to climate change risks that affect subsistence hunting and the transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills as important in conditioning future adaptive capacity. However, Inuit have expressed concern that as a result of rapid societal changes, the traditional modes of knowledge generation and transmission by which Inuit have developed the skills to hunt safely and successfully no longer function effectively. This is cause for concern among Inuit as climate change is expected to continue into the future with further implications for ecosystems and livelihoods.
5th Northern Research Forum (NRF) Open Assembly: Seeking Balance in a Changing North, Anchorage, United States 24-27 September 2008
Proceedings of the 2008 Northern Research Forum Open Assembly / pp.1-17