Tasks and time line
- Engage local communities in a knowledge co-production process with scientists on a sustainable design of ice sheet conservation in Ilulissat, Greenland
- To co-produce knowledge with local communities and hence promote Just and Equitable Societies.
- Explore monetization of the ice sheet for conservation applying the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) concept for the benefit of Greenland.
Background & FAQ
The melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is one of the climate tipping points that would have local and global impacts. Greenland aims at utilizing its natural resources as a source of income. Through Payments for Ecosystem Services, ice sheet conservation could provide Greenlanders with an alternative source of income.
Targeted intervention for ice sheet conservation
Targeted interventions refer to a set of relatively locally applied methods for slowing down or even reversing specific impacts of climate change. This contrasts with global solar geoengineering which seeks to control temperatures through increasing albedo (reflectivity).
While the global sea level rise commitment form Jakobshavn is tiny compared with that from West Antarctica over the coming century or two, the presence of active indigenous communities in the Ilulissat region means that there are also social, cultural, economic and ecological impacts to consider, as well as local ecosystem service benefits as well as global impacts.
Societal impacts of targeted ice sheet interventions
Studying ice sheet conservation in Greenland requires the inclusion of community viewpoints and impacts assessments in the ice sheet conservation designs. Also the decision-making on any deployment of targeted interventions would be in the hands of Greenlanders as the deployment is within the national jurisdiction.
Co-production of knowledge would take place by a three-stage research design, where researchers/scientists and locals co-produce knowledge on different designs of ice sheet conservation for incorporating local interests and concerns.
Partner institutions are:
- Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland,
- Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany,
- Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
- Beijing Normal University, China
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