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The Project: Objectives & Methods


The objective is to carry out innovative assessments of impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive strategies about global change in the Arctic, encompassing environmental, economic, political and social dimensions. BRISK contributes to bridging the gaps between natural and social sciences, between science and indigenous knowledge, and between indigenous community, the research community and policy-makers.


  • This innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach (associating indigenous knowledge holders, anthropologists, climatologists, geographers and ecologists) is based on the complementary nature of indigenous and scientific knowledge.
  • The project combines micro and macro-scale approaches through its engagement with partners at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • The BRISK project elaborates cutting-edge interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies and tools to build synergies between scientific and indigenous knowledge on climate and global changes in the Arctic in two ways:

1-Transdisciplinary Observatories among reindeer herders (Sapmi and Siberia)
Based on case studies in Sapmi (Norway, Sweden) and Siberia (Yakutia-Amur, Kamchatka and Tuva Republic, Russian Federation), BRISK develops innovative methodologies that facilitates knowledge co-production. It documents the state of the art with respect to scientific and indigenous methods and observations of global change at several levels. Firstly, it examines in different socio-political contexts, the intimate relationship between people and their environments through the comparison of two types of reindeer herding in Eurasia. Secondly, it considers the notion of “extreme meteorological events” from the differing viewpoints of climate scientists and indigenous peoples. Thirdly, in order to bring together indigenous and scientific knowledge for the observation of global change (climatic, environmental, industrial, social), community-based observing systems are jointly conceived by scientists (natural and social) and indigenous peoples.

2-Knowledge co-production network

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