The Arctic Sustainability Lab

The Arctic is facing tremendous changes through rapid warming and the prospective increase in resource exploitation, commercial activities, globalization and change within social frames. This lab commends that a science is needed that addresses the sustainability challenges arising from global changes by focusing on ecosystems and the welfare of the people living in the Arctic….

GreenFeedBack

GreenFeedBack wishes to enhance our understanding of key processes of the terrestrial biosphere – freshwater – ocean continuum in surface-atmosphere GHG exchange, the connection between them, and the impacts from human pressures. The lab will be exploring the role of human footprints and pressures in mitigating risks, that today, has been poorly explored. Increased pressure…

CoastShift

-Exploring area use, sustainability and increased food production CoastShift will evaluate pathways toward an area-optimal sustainable production of more local, healthy food, while minimizing the impact on the arctic ecosystem along the coast. We do this by studying how existing and new Blue-growth combined with agriculture, will create synergies between the ocean and land. We…

From Catchment 2 Coast

Integrating cross-ecosystem approaches into climate change research and ecosystem-based management for northern ecosystems. Climate change is already affecting all ecosystems across the globe. This is resulting in increased (and more variable) temperature, changes in precipitation patterns, and an increased frequency of extreme climate events (e.g. floods, droughts, storms). Climate change impacts terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and…

Living on The Edge

With the notion of that “Life should be understood backwards but it must be lived forward,” Living on The Edge digs into the cultural landscapes, archives and museums as a tool for co-management!

CloudEARTHi

Building inovation capacity for the us of Big Data in environmental sciences, sustainability and circular economy in higher education institutions and their entrepreneurial ecosystems How can we become better to utilize big data in the context of environmental sciences, sustainability, the circular economy and the digital ecosystems? And how can this foster academic entrepreneurship? CloudEARTHi…

SVALUR

Understanding Resilience and Long-Term Environmental Change in the High Arctic: Narrative-Based Analyses from Svalbard This research programme combines formal environmental monitoring with knowledge and observations of people from all walks of life who know parts of the Arctic well. Through this approach we will not miss the most important changes in these remote, but to…

FATE

Identifying Future ArcTic Ecosystems: drivers of diversity and future scenarios from ethno-ecology, contemporary ecology and ancient DNA The Arctic is currently experiencing dramatic ecosystem changes due to climate warming and increased anthropogenic pressure, influencing biodiversity and ecosystem services. Understanding the relative impacts of climate, herbivory and human management on ecosystems, is of paramount importance for…

InclusiveCoasts

Contributing to inclusive governance of small-scale fisheries in coastal communities in Northern-Norway for resilience to environmental and socioeconomic changes. Why? Small-scale fisheries are important for food, employment, and coastal culture worldwide. Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries are included as a part of UN Sustainable Developmental goals, however attaining this goal may prove challenging as small-scale fisheries…

ArcticStake

ArcticStakes aims to strengthen interdisciplinary-and collaborative science relating to sustainable development and to provide appropriate guidelines of the conceptual and methodological fundament for applying different stakeholder involvement tools. It emphasizes on advancing methodologies for stakeholder involvement and public participation in science that can effectively address the sustainability challenges of increased industrial growth in the Arctic….

EcoShift

Exploring scenarios for linking biodiversity, ecosystem services and adaptive action. The overall aim of EcoShift is to identify the linkages between ecosystem shifts, biodiversity-and ecosystem services, and local adaptations. Thus, creating scenarios of plausible future changes for the arctic tundra of the Norwegian Arctic and compare these with scenarios developed in multiple sites in the…

CurBES

Identifying cumulative impacts of the infrastructure associated with industrial development on biodiversity and ecosystem services. CurBES is a project researching how industrial development in the Arctic affects nature through development of infrastructure. CurBES is a collaborative effort between three institutions in Tromsø: UiT – the Arctic university of Norway, NINA and Nofima. The combination of…

CONNECT

Exploring Global connectedness and changing resource use systems in the Arctic, is a project viewing the  Arctic as coupled to the rest of the world through flows of goods, services, information and people. CONNECT is based on a research collaboration between researchers in US, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Norway that study how global connections through…

Kystbarometer

Why? Globalization, industrial development and climate warming are changing the coastal communities world-wide. We need to know where these changes are taking us. We need awareness about our options and how to navigate for a sustainable future. How? Ocean Health Index defined ten sustainability goals for healthy marine ecosystems and established indicators to measure the global…

MarEs

Because uses and values of marine ecosystem services in the Norwegian Arctic are changing. Use and values of marine ecosystem services are changing, caused by not only climate but also global changes. This interdisciplinary research project rooted in economics, with contributions from natural and social science, aims to investigate how global changes and human activities…

BlueTrans

Because world’s oceans are becoming a major arena for economic growth, addressing global challenges such as food security, poverty and provision of natural resources and energy. BLUE ECONOMIES The new blue economy is expected to have far-reaching impacts on coastal ecosystems and communities. The development of the marine industries will alter the anthropogenic pressures on…

TriArc

Windmills altering the Arctic landscapes (Photo: Dorothee Ehrich). Indigenous people and Northern local communities have traditionally lived in close contact with and off nature, and developed arrangements for resource management that can be under considerable pressure due to large industrial development projects. The aims of the research project The Arctic governance triangle: government, Indigenous people…

CultEs

The concept of ecosystem services is gaining increased importance in Norwegian environmental policy and management. Most research on ecosystem services mapping and modeling do not include empirical data on social values and preferences. Local community preferences are particularly ignored in large-scale analysis, partly due to the costs and complexity of mapping local values on such…

EsArctic

  Taking into account heterogeneity in ecosystem services monitoring and climate change adaptation.  Adaptation to climatic changes needs active management of the interactions and tradeoffs among multiple ecosystem service. Adaptive management must build on facts about how climatic – and anthropogenic disturbances influence spatial heterogeneity and co-occurrence of ecosystem services in “bundles”, but also on…

RConnected

Exploring the impact of extractive industries and tourism on socio-ecological dynamics in the Arctic The growth and expansion of resource extraction and tourism industries create ripple environmental effects by changing spatial land use, harvest and the socio-ecological dynamics in the Arctic. Recent studies suggest that the environmental effects may differ substantially between regions depending on…

IndGov

Exploring Indigenous-industry governance interactions in the Arctic as well as environmental impacts and knowledge basis for management. The international emphasis on local knowledge systems in environmental governance (i.e. the IPBES)  is challenging existing systems to develop new ways for solving environmental problems and to assess impacts. Common to several Arctic countries is a need for…