Grete K. Hovelsrud, Nord University

Marianne Karlsson, Nordland Research Institute

Julia Olsen, Nord University & Nordland Research Institute


It is well established that unforeseen consequences are emerging from the current rate and magnitude of climate change in the Arctic, manifesting in increased temperatures, precipitation, extreme weather events, thawing permafrost causing infrastructural damage, and changes in precipitation affecting the frequencies and the size of landslides and avalanches. These factors create new social challenges that affect mobility, services, limitation of daily activities, disconnection of internet, telecommunication, and electricity. This session will focus on how Arctic communities experience and respond to the uncertainty from increased extreme weather events, and perceive the risks associated with infrastructure challenges and climate change. The session examines how uncertainty about risks influences local well-being, adaptive responses and adaptive capacity.