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Challenges in assessing the Arctic
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2011 (English)In: The Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: ICASS VII, 22-26 June 2011 Akureyri, Iceland, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since the late 1990s, a large number of scientific assessments have been conducted to map developments in the Arctic. Some of the reports, such as AMAP‘s assessment on pollution in the Arctic and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, have had important impacts on knowledge about the circumpolar north and policy development far outside the region. Many of them have also served as important platforms for bringing different knowledge traditions together, thereby contributing to new directions in research. This presentation will draw on experiences from participating in several assessments and from research on the processes connected to and following the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. It will highlight dynamics that have led to productive outcomes in terms of new knowledge but also some of the challenges in assessment processes under the auspices of the Arctic Council. This includes issues of how the assessment process is organized, how the science-policy interface is constructed, and how assessments become linked to more long-term scientific and political processes. The presentation will place these lessons in relation to AHDR-II specifically, but also to a broader context of an increasing need to find assessment methods that even better integrate information across scientific disciplines and knowledge traditions. The Arctic is experiencing the combined impacts of climate change, pollution, economic globalization, increased attention to energy security, and several other aspects of global change. The presentation will highlight some issues that need to be addressed to ensure that scientific assessments support a better understanding of their dynamic interactions in ways that also support policy development.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67050OAI: diva2:469241
The Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
Book of abstractsAvailable from: 2011-12-22 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2011-12-27Bibliographically approved

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