Nature Climate Change published an article on “Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge”

October 30, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaBlog
Migration of Sámi reindeer, which are threatened by climate change and land encroachment, constraining flexibility and adaptation responses. Credit: Ánne Kátjá Gaup

A unique research cooperation in the field of Saami linguistic, climatology, economy and biology by: Eira, Oskal, Hanssen-Bauer, & Mathiesen is published in todays Nature Climate Change with the title «Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge” . Climate change already affects the spring pastures for reindeer in Finnmark with increased air temperature. From 1922 to 2018 the spring temperature increased by about 3 ° C. Impacts are getting worse since traditional Indigenous knowledge is lacking in governance strategies. Increased use of the best available adaptation knowledge must the key strategy for sustainable development in a changing Arctic. Our research team started to work together in IPY EALAT 2007 and our cooperation was broughted forward in the Climate Research project RIEVDAN led by Saami University of Applied Science and International Centre for Reindeer Husndandry, in Guovdageaidnu, Norway, supported by Research Council of Norway and by the INTERACT project. This the first article of several addressing indigenous knowledge and adaptation in reindeer husbandry. As part of the Springer Nature Content Sharing Initiative, you can now view-only version of this paper by using the Shared link: 

Nature Climate Change is a monthly journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research on the causes, impacts and wider implications of global climate change. The journal publishes climate research across the physical, biological and social sciences and strives to integrate and communicate interdisciplinary research. The journal aims to play a leading role in: providing accessibility to a broad audience to research published both within and outside the journal; raising the visibility of climate change research in related research communities as well as the mainstream media; and offering a forum for discussion of the challenges faced by researchers and policy makers (and other interested parties) in understanding the complex mechanisms and impacts associated with the Earth’s changing climate.

Authors of the “Snow Snow cover and the loss of traditional indigenous knowledge” in Nature Climate Change:

 – Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu, Norway:
Inger Marie Gaup Eira & Svein Disch Mathiesen 
University of the Arctic Circumpolar Institute for Reindeer Husbandry at the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Guovdageaidnu, Norway:
Anders Oskal & Svein Disch Mathiesen 
– Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway
Inger Hanssen-Bauer
UIT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Svein Disch Mathiesen
– North Eastern Federal University, UNESCO International Department on Adaptation of Society and Man in the Arctic Regions in the Context of Climate Change and Globalization, Yakutsk, Russia
Svein Disch Mathiesen