|Global change presents great challenges to circumpolar countries. It
comprises elements of indirect climate-driven and more direct
anthropogenic or human-induced change, as well as feedbacks among these.
Threats to the sustainability of arctic social and ecological systems
include rapid changes in:
- Socio-economic/legal systems
The emphasis of the research group is on the natural sciences, but
understanding the relationship between human communities and rapid
environmental change is also central to its activities. Of special
interest are the adaptive responses and resilience of northern societies
to recent changes and therefore the group has strong links to the Sustainable Development Research Group .
Climate change research addresses polar and alpine snow and
especially glacier ice cover over both shorter and longer time scales.
Other topics include the effects of UV-radiation and impacts of land use
and climate change on biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems with
special attention to vegetation, and permafrost soils. Examples of rapid
changes in land use mineral and petroleum extraction, cutting and
burning regimes in northern timberline forests, and large herbivore
management, e.g. Rangifer spp. In general, changes in arctic
environment and society, the interactions within and among
social-ecological systems, are studied within the framework of the
subject matter. Direct involvement of local and indigenous peoples and
the valuing of ’traditional’ or practitioners’ knowledge are critical
within certain projects.
Contact information of the research group and the list of researchers is here.
The leader of the research group is Research Professor Bruce Forbes.
His past and present interests range widely within the fields of
applied ecology and geography, including terrestrial ecology,
human-environment relations, climate/land use change and resilience in