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….

EcoShift

Exploring scenarios for linking biodiversity, ecosystem services and adaptive action. Arctic warming will drastically change the tundra ecosystems resulting in decline of native biological diversity with unknown implications for ecosystem services and the well-being of indigenous-and local communities. Broad-scale transitions of vegetation relating to climate change and herbivory have been documented in the past, but…

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…

Kystbarometeret

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…

Blue Growth

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

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 and industry in change (TriArc) are to examine…

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 the…

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…

TUNDRA

The Arctic is currently experiencing profound transformations. Rapid climate change in an era of increased globalization is perceived by a range of global actors to be opening up new economic opportunities. These changes are the most apparent drivers in the current debate on Arctic governance. The Arctic is no doubt a wide and open space,…