(International Polar Foundation, 27 February 2008) -- One of the interesting aspects of the current International Polar Year
that sets it apart from previous Polar Years is the number of research
projects that integrate scientific research with traditional knowledge
of indigenous communities that have inhabited the Arctic for thousands
of years. One such project is the IPY EALÁT project (n°399), which is
investigating how traditional reindeer herding societies in the Arctic
are adapting to climate variability and change. The IPY project is part
of the broader EALÁT project that also involves outreach and education
to reindeer herders in Eurasia and Alaska. Initiated by the Association of World Reindeer Herders, the EALÁT
project , which lasts from 2007 until 2011, brings together researchers
from very diverse disciplines, from climate researchers to linguists.
The project is coordinated by the Sámi University College in Kautokeino, Norway, under the direction of Professors Svein Mathiesen and Ole-Henrik Magga, while the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, which is also in Kautokeino, handles outreach and information.
Posted by Amanda Graham – 2 March 2008; 4:29:47 PM – Permalink
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