Interacting processes in Arctic reindeer systems experiencing rapid climate change

Project description

Today the north is becoming a very different place than what we have come to know just a decade or two ago. The weather and climate are becoming much more erratic, inconsistent, extreme in summer and in winter; especially the form of precipitation is rain when it should be snow, across Fennoscandia and Lapland in Finland. This New North is creating a challenging place for rural communities and for those whom raise reindeer, such as the Sami and the reindeer herders of the districts throughout Finland, Sweden, and Norway seeking to maintain a culture and lifestyle they greatly value and strive to pass on their values and lifestyles to future generations.

We will create a revolutionary, holistic framework for understanding ungulate (reindeer and caribou) systems of the north that considers the most critical facets of environment-social interactions and feedbacks. We will use a systems approach where experts from different disciplines and members of the stakeholder community (i.e. Sami, reindeer herders, LUKE) are woven into quilt of collaboration, sharing, discovery, and the co-production of new knowledge, education and management options.


Luonnonvarakeskus LUKE
South Dakota State University, US


Jeff Welker and his Team Caribou deep in the Alaska Brooks Range

Jeff Welker

UArctic Research Chair, Professor
Tamara Hiltunen

Tamara Ann Hiltunen

Doctoral Student