What happens when the ice melts? Belugas, contaminants, ecosystems, and human communities in t he complexity of global change

Lead Author Ann Eileen, Lennert
Institution Contact Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Climate Research Center, Postboks 570, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland University of the Arctic, UIT, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Tromsø, Norway
Theme Theme 1: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
Session Name 1.1 Climate Change and Environmental Management in the Arctic
Presentation Type Poster
Abstract text Comprehending pollution, climate change, or environments in general, it is important to look at the whole spectrum of interrelated fields, some obvious and some surprising in their relevance. Drawing on a range of studies, this paper aims to look comparatively at different but interrelated ways of knowing and communicating knowledge of environments in change, focusing on pollution in the Arctic; Greenland in particular. In the context of climate change, it discusses how heavily polluted and stressed Arctic marine ecosystems may be affected when ice melts. Bridging cultures of knowledge, it argues that traditional knowledge together with natural science and studies of contaminants in Arctic marine ecosystems can point to behavioural factors, elements acting as additional stressors on animals and communities relying on them. Furthermore, it argues how scientific engagement with local communities can not only identify and verify stressors, enhancing our understanding of them, but also offer solutions to dealing with them