Anna Kerttula de Echave PLR Division Of Polar Programs
GEO Directorate For Geosciences
September 1, 2013
August 31, 2017 (Estimated)
Awarded Amount to Date:
Philip Loring firstname.lastname@example.org (Principal Investigator)
S. Craig Gerlach (Co-Principal Investigator) Andrew Mahoney (Co-Principal Investigator) John Walsh (Co-Principal Investigator) William Schnabel (Co-Principal Investigator)
University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus
West Ridge Research Bldg 008
CROSS-DIRECTORATE ACTIV PROGR,
ARCTIC SYSTEM SCIENCE PROGRAM,
Program Reference Code(s):
1079, 8060, 9150, 8560
Program Element Code(s):
1397, 5219, 8109
The Sustainable Futures North project addresses the question of whether synergies can be found among the related goals of food security, water security, energy security, and resource development in the North American Arctic. Historically, development in one or more of these areas has presented trade-offs in others; for example, petroleum exploration and development is often associated with negative impacts on traditional subsistence species and practices. Similarly, residents of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska are currently embroiled in a debate over the risks and benefits of developing of a copper and gold mine, which would ostensibly provide jobs and economic development opportunities, at the headwaters of a watershed that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon run. With an eye toward eliciting best practices for community development and resource management that target synergies rather than trade-offs, the research team plans to combine integrated regional assessments of water, food, and energy systems in three regions of the North: Bristol Bay (Alaska), Baffin Island (Canada), and Kotzebue Sound (Alaska), where people and communities share a variety of challenges relating to climate change, socioeconomic change, and industrial development. The research methods that make up the project's interdisciplinary toolkit include key informant interviews, integration and analysis of secondary datasets, climate change downscaling, engineering best practice and gap analysis, and rural-urban network analysis. The research team will link these qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore cause-and-effect relationships between development activities and societal and environmental changes, and will integrate social and ecological datasets with climate change scenarios to project future community responses to climatic and environmental change. The findings of this research will inform a collaborative education and outreach program designed to build capacity through workforce development, STEM internships, and post-secondary curricula and programs in environmental management and engineering.
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Loring, P.A., Gerlach, S.C., Huntington, H.P.. "The New Environmental Security: Linking Food, Water, and Energy for Integrative and Diagnostic Social-ecological Research," Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, v.3, 2013, p. 55-61.