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Arctic Resilience Report (.pdf)

Arctic Resilience Report
First published in 2016 by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Change – even rapid change – is the norm in the Arctic. But environmental, ecological and social changes are happening faster than ever, and accelerating. They are also more extreme, well beyond what has been seen before. And while some changes, such as warming tem-peratures, are gradual, others, such as the collapse of ice sheets, have the potential to be not only abrupt, but also irreversible. This means the integrity of Arctic ecosystems is increasingly challenged, with major implications for Arctic communities and for the world as a whole. The main driver of these changes is human activity, largely outside the Arctic. Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions plays a particularly large role, but migration, resource extraction, tourism, and shifting political relationships are also reshaping the Arctic in significant ways. Within the Arctic region, population growth and movement, communication, and shifts in culture and self-government are changing how people live and the livelihoods available to them. Understanding how these changes interact with one another, and what they mean for people and ecosystems alike, requires a holistic approach that looks at human and natural dynamics together. This report uses the concepts of resilience and social-ecological systems to provide a holistic view of the Arctic.

Source: Arctic Resilience Report – ArcticResilienceReport-2016.pdf

Go to link to download full report.

Project Director:
Marcus Carson, Stockholm Environment Institute
Scientific Coordinator:
Garry Peterson, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Project Manager:
Claudia Strambo, Stockholm Environment Institute
Project Secretariat:
Sarah Cornell, Miriam Huitric, Annika Nilsson, Juan Carlos Rocha
Executive Editors:
Marcus Carson and Garry Peterson
Language Editors:
Marion Davis and Tom Gill, Stockholm Environment Institute
Elaine Beebe
Design and layout:
Tyler Kemp-Benedict and Richard Clay
Image research:
Claudia Strambo
Hugo Ahlenius, Nordpil
Cover credits
Front cover
Reindeer: © Erika Larsen, from collection: Sámi – Walking With Reindeer, used by
Tromsø, Norway polar night: ©
Mariusz Kluzniak (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
NASA satellites see Santa’s North Pole June 30, 2011: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response
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Inside front cover
Map of the Arctic region ©Hugo Ahlenius,
Created with data from:
Natural Earth Project. 2011. Natural Earth version 1.3. Retrieved February 3, 2011, from http://www.
Patterson, T. 2006. CleanTOPO2 3D. Retrieved November 5, 2010, from
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