Arctic Change – Day 2 // Afternoon @ccarg presentations

2017 December 12

Now that day two of Arctic Change 2017 is halfway done, it’s time to highlight more @ccarg member presentations.

At 2:00pm in room 304 AB, Melanie will be presenting on Key principles and challenges for effective knowledge mobilization with Arctic communities. In her talk, Melanie highlights some of the key principles of knowledge mobilization with Arctic communities based on themes identified in the literature and through interviews (n=24). She will also reflect on some of the key challenges in effective knowledge mobilization.



Next, Dylan will follow at 3:30pm with his presentation on Mapping transportation system vulnerabilities to climate change across the Canadian Arctic.

  • We are currently developing a vulnerability index for all 53 Inuit communities across the Canadian Arctic. Informed by the work of Cutter, Hewitt, Smit, and Burton, as well as our teams experience in the region, we will be mapping out how communities are vulnerable to climate change. As a component of this, we will be assessing where there is adaptation happening or potential for it, and what impacts potential adaptations may have on the system. The index is being developed in consultation with communities, territorial, and federal knowledge holders and officials. The final product will provide policy makers with a clear representation of climate change impacts on sectors across the region. We will be linking the index with regional climate projections for future planning. – Dylan Clark

Finally, Darya will wrap up the day at 5:00pm with a follow-up presentation on her topic of Bakeapple picking in a changing physical and social landscape.

Check back in tomorrow for updates on @ccarg in Arctic Change 2017.

Arctic Change 2017 – Day 2 // @ccarg presents en masse

2017 December 12

As the second day of Arctic Change 2017 starts, Eranga, Darya, Nathan, Melanie, and Dylan will all be presenting on a diversity of topics.

Starting off at 10:30am, Eranga will present on his topic of: How do Inuit fishers experience and respond to climate change? Empirical evidence from the Pangnirtung community in Nunavut, Canada. Check out his poster by clicking the following link.

Eranga’s Poster – Inuit Fishers

At the same time, Darya will be presenting on Bakeapple picking in a changing physical and social landscape.

Darya boating in the field

My research aim is to consider the vulnerability of land based livelihoods to climate change through the lens of bakeapple picking. At Arctic Change, I will share my research results in both a poster and presentation format. I will focus on the environmental and social changes that have impacted the activity of berry picking in a case study community in southern Labrador.  – Darya Anderson

Next in line is Nathan, who will be presenting at 1:00pm on A systems network approach for climate change vulnerability assessment. If you can’t make his presentation, click the following link to read about Nathan’s approach to climate change vulnerability assessment.

Nathan’s Poster, A Systems Approach

Check back in later today for more information on the other presenters!

Arctic Change 2017 // Eranga and Melanie speak on Experiences Studying and Working Internationally

2017 December 11

Melanie at ArcticNet 2016

Eranga Galappaththi and Melanie Flynn will be speaking today at 3:30pm (room 303B) in the conversation on studying and working internationally at the Arctic Change Conference in Quebec. This is part of the student-day couch-style conversations held by the conference, aimed at providing a space for young researchers to learn from each other’s experiences.

Check out the poster being presented by Eranga on his work by clicking the link below.

How do Inuit fishers experience and respond to climate change?




Large @ccarg presence at Arctic Change 2017

2017 December 11

Starting this week, many members of the @ccarg research group will be attending and presenting at the Arctic Change 2017 Conference in Quebec city.

During the week, the world’s foremost Arctic scientists will discuss the emerging global challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the circum-Arctic. With over 1500 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2017 will be one of the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conferences ever held in Canada.

– Arctic Change 2017 website

Stay tuned for detailed posts on individual presentations throughout the week. Read more below to see who is presenting and when!

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Climate change stressors in the Sahel

2017 December 4

Epule, T.E., Ford, J.D. & Lwasa, S. GeoJournal (2017). Climate change stressors in the Sahel. GeoJournal.


The Sahel is prone to climate stressors such as droughts, winds and floods. This study employs a systematic review approach to track the frequency with which these stressors are reported in the scientific peer reviewed literature, examining publishing trends to identify which stressors are most reported, documenting the spatial distribution of these stressors from a country and regional perspective, and assessing the role played by climatic and non-climatic drivers in causing the stressors. A total of (n = 388) reports of stressors were documented in (n = 164) peer reviewed articles. From a country perspective, Southern Niger records the highest number of reports on all three stressors (15.97%), followed by Ethiopia (11.85%) and Senegal (10.56%). Regionally, West African Sahel recorded the highest number of reports on all stressors (49.97%) followed by East African Sahel (29.89%) and Central African Sahel (12.11%) respectively. Droughts are observed to be the most frequently reported stressor (n = 219), followed by floods (n = 123) and winds (n = 46). The decade 1975–1985 recorded the highest reports of stressors (n = 207), while the decade 1997–2007 recorded (n = 80) and the decade 1986–1996 recorded (n = 52). While climatic drivers are dominant (52%), there is however an increasing attribution of the drivers of the stressors to non-climatic drivers (47%). The main weakness of this study is that it uses peer reviewed papers dwelling on climate stressors as a proxy for climate stressors in the Sahel and a lot more studies could be hiding in non-peer reviewed studies, underscoring that this work provides a general and baseline overview of the climate stressors in the region.