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Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions

  • Documents and assesses the nature of vulnerability in communities across the entire Arctic
  • Features an interdisciplinary research approach
  • Demonstrates the importance of a shared analytical framework for comparing results across case studies

By: Grete K Hovelsrud(Editor), Barry Smit(Editor)

369 pages, illustrations


Paperback | Nov 2014 | #221504 | ISBN-13: 9789400798304
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Hardback | Jul 2010 | #189622 | ISBN-13: 9789048191734
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About this book

Under the auspices of International Polar Year (IPY), the CAVIAR consortium was formed with partners from all eight Arctic countries. The aim of the interdisciplinary CAVIAR project is to increase understanding of the vulnerability of Arctic communities to changing environmental conditions, including climate change, and to contribute to the development of adaptive strategies and policies.

In partnership with local collaborators in over two dozen communities, researchers have documented the conditions and forces that contribute to vulnerabilities, identified adaptive strategies and attempted to assess the prospects for adaptation in the future.

"This book aims to present a human approach to understanding the vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities of communities, particularly those in the Arctic, that are experiencing rapid socio-economic and environmental changes. [...] I recommend this book particularly for Arctic researchers [...] . The book is also recommended for students in the social sciences, who can increase their understanding of the vulnerability of Arctic communities and apply the framework and knowledge developed by the multidisciplinary team in their studies and future careers."­­­
- Arctic, December, 2011



1. Introduction to the CAVIAR project and framework
2. Adaptation in Fisheries and Municipalities: Three communities in Northern Norway
3. Vulnerability and Adaptation in Two Communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
4. Climate change, vulnerability and adaptation among Nenets reindeer herders
5. Vulnerability of community infrastructure to climate change in Nunavut: A case study from Arctic Bay
6. 'Translating' vulnerability at the community level: Case study from the Russian North
7. 'As long as the sun shines, the rivers flow and grass grows.' - Vulnerability, adaptation and environmental change in Deninu Kue Traditional Territory, Northwest Territories
8. Case Study Photographs
9. The Ivalo River and its people: There have always been floods - what is different now?
10. Climate Change and Institutional Capacity in an 'Arctic Gateway' City: a Case Study of Whitehorse, Yukon
11. Climate change vulnerability and food security in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
12. Vulnerability and adaptive capacity in a multi-use forest municipality in northern Sweden
13. Local effects of global climate change: Differential experiences of sheep farmers and reindeer herders in Unjarga/Nesseby, a coastal Sami community in Northern Norway
14. Integration of case study findings

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