EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Pathways of Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Alaska
This session addresses topics concerning social-ecological resilience in Alaska and the Far North. As the Arctic is undergoing significant social-ecological change at a rapid pace, dynamic drivers of change, such as climate warming and political-economic globalization, are challenging the adaptive capacities of arctic communities, ecosystems, and governance institutions. Because high latitude change is so pronounced, Alaskan systems are some of the closest to regime shift compared to other systems in the world. We explore the dynamics of vulnerable systems to first document their characteristics, and secondly to see what lessons could be learned that are broadly applicable as other systems around the globe become increasingly vulnerable. From climate-forced migration of traditional communities to the arctic oil and gas boom, Alaska provides a plethora of pressing questions for applied resilience studies. There will be ten speed-talk presentations on flashpoint issues in the areas of natural resource governance for sustainability, education and knowledge sharing to enhance community wellbeing, and perceptions and responses of local-scale stakeholders to social and ecological changes. Presenters will approach the session by placing emphasis on finding real-world solutions for the challenges of social-ecological change through multi-scale interdisciplinary research. Anyone interested in the future of the Arctic is encouraged to attend.
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