Current research projects (2019-2023)
Understanding Inuit community uses and needs for weather, water, ice and climate information and services
The combined effects of climate change and industrial development have resulted in decreased predictability of weather, water, and ice conditions across Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homelands). Socio-economic and political pressures associated with increases in shipping, tourism, fisheries, and resource development have compounding effects on access and use of lands and waters, as well as ice conditions in Inuit Nunangat. Colonization and modernization processes have also impacted the intergenerational transfer of Inuit knowledge and subsistence harvesting practices further challenging the ability of Inuit to travel safely on land, water and ice. Collectively, these pressures have led to community members seeking out and using diverse weather, water, ice and climate (WWIC) information and services, in support of safe travel. However, little is known about the extent to which WWIC information such as weather and marine forecasts, ice charts, satellite imagery, wind and tide information, and community-based monitoring outputs are used. It is critical to understand the relevance of available WWIC information and services in a community (i.e. local) context, how products are currently used, and what specific needs Inuit wish to articulate to guide future product and service delivery.