Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Environment, Ecosystem Services and Society (CLICHÉ)


The general aim of the consortium is to investigate the effects of climate change in the European Arctic in the past and in the future. The research includes studying changes both in natural and human environment. The project is funded by the Finnish Research Programme on Climate Change (FICCA) of the Academy of Finland. The research partners are the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Department of Geosciences and Geography, the Department of Physics and Kilpisjärvi Biological Station from the University of Helsinki, the School of Forest Sciences from the University of Eastern Finland, and the Department of Geography and the discipline of Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oulu.

The consortium consists of eight work packages. Cultural Anthropology is responsible of work package 8 “Traditional livelihoods.” We investigate the potential impacts of climate change on Arctic herding communities and possibilities for increasing their adaptive capacity to environmental changes. Our objective is to assess the overall local social-cultural vulnerability of Finnish and Sámi reindeer herder communities of the Muonio and Könkämäeno river valleys with particular focus on coping with climate change.

The main research objective is to increase knowledge about the connections of climatic variables to specific local contexts and estimate the role of climatic changes in terms of local general vulnerability and adaptation. Our scientific approach is to investigate local climate history through statistical treatments of climatic variables and assess climatic events in local context in comparison with information gathered by interviews conducted with reindeer herding communities. The next step is to evaluate predicted climatic and environmental changes of the region and assess potential adaptation strategies for facing these challenging scenarios with local stakeholders.

Researchers: Hannu I. Heikkinen, Élise Lépy and Mervi Kasanen. 

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Viimeksi päivitetty: 11.6.2012