Resilience and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Collaboration between NABO and LTVTP

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This session will occur at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 19, 2012 in Vancouver BC Canada. The presentations and discuss will be an outgrowth of a series of workshops funded by NSF Polar programs, Arctic Social Science: Resilience and Vulnerability to Climate Change: Collaboration between NABO and LTVTP, grant number 1104372. An important aspect of any interdisciplinary collaboration is to involve students, so that their experience of the field includes interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration. We request funds for four students to attend the AAAS meeting and participate in the session organized by our research team. Four of the faculty participants in the AAAS session request support for one student each. The faculty mentors and students include: Andrew Dugmore mentoring Laura Comeau at University of Edinburgh; Thomas McGovern mentoring Seth Brewington at City University of New York; Ben Fitzhugh mentoring at University of Washington; and Margaret Nelson mentoring Jacob Freeman at Arizona State University. Each student will prepare with his/her sponsoring faculty and will participate in discussions at the AAAS session. The students will also exchange ideas with each other and bring their experience back to their university program.


Vulnerability to climate change is a pressing policy issue at local, state, national, and global scales. Public and private organizations, policy makers, and resource managers are concerned with how communities at these scales can adjust to climate change and an increasingly uncertain future. With the future inherently unknowable and policies derived from understandings based on narrow windows of time and space, management for long-term sustainability is a daunting task. Archaeology has a strong contribution to make to climate-change policy because it investigates long sequences of social and climate change at multiple scales. In essence, the sequences of changes in human-landscape-climate interactions represent examples of outcomes that provide knowledge about the impacts of climate change. In this session the presenters explore and compare social and climate change over many centuries in the North Atlantic islands of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroes, in the southwest region of the United States, in the Kuril Islands in the north Pacific north of Japan, and in the Caribbean Islands in the southwest Atlantic. The purpose of this exploration of dramatically different contexts is to determine whether key processes and relationships from these past sequences can inform current thinking about human responses to climate change beyond short-term and the regionally specific knowledge. This session will be sponsored by the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance, an international, interdisciplinary alliance of scholars.
Effective start/end date12/1/101/31/14


  • NSF-GEO-PLR: Office of Polar Programs (OPP): $66,185.00


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