The Arctic system is undergoing unprecedented changes, many of which are consequences of global warming trends that are amplified at high latitudes. Ecosystem services—the benefits that society derives from ecosystems—form a critical link between these environmental changes, ecological impacts, and their consequences for society.
SNAP is working with Alaska rural communities to identify relationships between climate change and availability of subsistence resources, and use those relationships to create geographic scenarios of how resources may be available in the future. Then we'll discuss these scenarios with participating communities to determine societal consequences, and explore options to mitigate undesirable trends.
This project will leave a legacy of databases and maps of ecosystem services for other researchers as well as for communities dependent on these services.