Mapping Vulnerability and Adaptation Pathways

We are currently developing a vulnerability index for all 53 Inuit communities across the Canadian Arctic. Informed by the work of Cutter, Hewitt, Smit, and Burton, as well as our teams experience in the region, we will be mapping out how communities are vulnerable to climate change. As a component of this, we will be assessing where there is adaptation happening or potential for it, and what impacts potential adaptations may have on the system. The index is being developed in consultation with communities, territorial, and federal knowledge holders and officials. The final product will provide policy makers with a clear representation of climate change impacts on sectors across the region. We will be linking the index with regional climate projections for future planning.

Arctic Search and Rescue Strengths and Opportunities

I am working with Nunavut communities and the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre to assess search and rescue gaps and opportunities for communities across Nunavut. We are exploring potential uses for UAVs in hazard identification and SAR, as well as other community-centered avenues to prevent incidents and improve response.

Landuse Index

To better understand how changing climatic conditions may impact Inuit harvesters and travelers, we are assessing what ice and weather trends have been over the past 40 years in numerous communities across the Canadian Arctic. Using historical daily observations of conditions, we use hypothetical scenarios to understand potential impacts to travel on the land, water, and ice.