Adapting to climate change in the context of multiple stressors

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: social sciences, climate change, socio-economics

Principal Investigator: Pearce, Tristan D (19)
Licence Number: 15837
Organization: University of the Sunshine Coast
Licenced Year(s): 2016
Issued: Feb 10, 2016
Project Team: Eric Lede (Graduate Student Researcher, University of the Sunshine Coast)

Objective(s): To describe current and historical climatic risks and the adaptive strategies employed to deal with them.

Project Description: The proposed research aims to develop an understanding of how people in Paulatuk are experiencing and responding to changing climatic conditions and opportunities to support adaptation.

The objectives are to:
1) document and describe current and historical climatic risks and the adaptive strategies employed to deal with them;
2) identify the processes and conditions which have aided or constrained adaptations; and
3) incorporate probabilities of potential future climate change and socio-economic conditions to better understand potential future risks and opportunities to support adaptation.

Interviews (approximately 30 minutes): will be conducted with a sample of community members, men and women of different ages and who are engaged in different livelihood activities. Questions will focus on experiences with changes in the environment, how these changes affected them, how they managed these changes, and what things made easier or more difficult to manage.

Participant Observation: the researcher will live in the community for two months and participate in community activities including on the land trips to learn more about people’s lives in Paulatuk and the wildlife and environment.

Community partners will be involved throughout the entire research process including, project design, data collection and interpretation, report writing and sharing findings back in the community. A community member will assist as a researcher to help with data collection and analysis. The research aims to develop an understanding of how people in Paulatuk are experiencing and responding to changing climatic conditions and opportunities to support adaptation, which can be communicated to decision makers so that decisions about climate change adaptation in the Northwest Territories reflect the needs of people in Paulatuk.

Research findings will be communicated in Paulatuk and elsewhere in the Northwest Territories. University researchers will work together with local researchers to develop appropriate and effective methods for communicating research results. This may include: presentations to the community and school, plain-language report with photos and key findings, and translated in Inuvialuktun and English, updates on the local radio, and household visits to discuss the results.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from February 11, 2016 to December 31, 2016.