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The project consists of the following research tasks:

Task 1: Local climatic changes in terms of extreme weather

Leader: C. Claud, LMD

Climatologists gather information from their existing data bases (through mapping, reanalysis) about temperature, prevailing winds, snow and ice cover, etc, in a past period of 30 years for each fieldwork site. Climatologists and geographers train the social anthropologists to work and exploit those data in their interaction with indigenous peoples.

Task 2: Knowledge co-production Network Building links between local observing systems and regional climate science

Leader: D. Nakashima, UNESCO

Task 2 gather leading worldwide specialists on linking indigenous and scientific knowledge in order to assess the state of the art in Arctic observing systems and define cutting-edge methodologies. Enriched by this sharing of experiences, the two tasks function on an interdisciplinary basis in order to define ways of improvement of indigenous remote observatories that task 3 sets up together with the stakeholders.

Task 3: Arctic Community-Based Observatories

Leader: M. Roué, MNHN

Anthropologists together with Indigenous co-researchers conduct fieldwork for gathering indigenous knowledge on climate and global changes, on the basis of requirements from the task 1 and exchanging with indigenous populations through the organization of nomadic workshops. These nomadic workshops define ways of continuous community-based monitoring of environmental and climate changes. This experience will enrich the task 2. At the end of the project the partners will bring together all field data and put them in relation with a comparative study of adaptive/coping practices including governance in an active and mapping data base (GIS). The scientific and indigenous teams will identify risk and vulnerability factors as well as adaptation opportunities for community based models of observing cumulative impacts of global and climate change.

Task 4: Assessment of scientific results and methodological innovations

Leader: M. Roué, MNHN

Anthropologists, climatologists, ethnobiologists and geographers will assess scientific results and methodological innovations. They will compile and critically analyse scientific outcomes from each project component and establish overall lessons learned for application in similarly-challenging and multidimensioned contexts. They will also critically assess methodological successes and failures for proposing practical and innovative approaches and procedures for interdisciplinary endeavours and knowledge co-production across knowledge systems.

Task 5: Project management, communication and dissemination

Leader: A. Lavrillier, CEARC

Task 5 will ensure the management of the scientific progress and technical activities of the project, as well as overall administration by: - Providing scientific and technical support to all members of the consortium, to guarantee an efficient achievement of our scientific objectives; - Providing administrative and legal support to all members of the consortium to guarantee our contractual obligation, ensure an efficient day-to-day management and communication inside the consortium; and finally by providing adapted tools and procedures to ensure an efficient communication outside the consortium and dissemination of project’s results.