ESF – European Science Foundation – inbjuder till konferens om klimatförändringen och miljöproblem i Arktis. Konferensen BOREAS äger rum i Rovaniemi 28–30 oktober 2009.

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The European Science Foundation would like to invite science journalists to the following conference, which will report research on Sweden and by Swedish researchers such as Per Axelsson from Umea University, Sweden

WHAT: BOREAS conference: the results of the largest ever programme examining humans in the Arctic
WHEN: 28 - 31 October
WHERE: Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland
European, Russian and American anthropologists, archaeologists and social scientists will present the results of three years working with native peoples of the north to explore the pressures they face, and how to maintain their identity in a changing world. This programme is the first of its kind examining humans in the Arctic.

The environmental impact of climate change on the Arctic and Antarctica are well-known: melting sea ice and glaciers, warmer winters,
thawing permafrost. But the Arctic is virtually all inhabited by humans: the Arctic resembles the Amazon versus the Antarctic's Mars. In planning for climate change we need to consider Arctic peoples.

Example projects include:

· Understanding Migration in the Circumpolar North - Comparing how Arctic communities have migrated in Sweden, North America, Greenland, and Russia to see the patterns, causes and consequences, helping to predict how populations will move in response to future social, economic and environmental change

· Archaeology of Yli-li, Northern Finland- building a comprehensive picture of prehistoric human activity from a number of sites, linking to environmental changes on land and at sea.

· Northern Narratives: Social and Geographical Accounts from Norway, Iceland, and Canada - Understanding how economies and lifestyles link to the environment - integrating sea-ice and climate data with histories of human societies over the last 1000 years. This also considers the role of what is termed sila in Inuktitut "climate and all things that surround human beings"

Further details:
WHO Lead researchers include:
Piers Vitebsky, Scott Polar Research Institute
Per Axelsson from Umea University, Sweden
Florian Stammler, Arctic Centre
Peter Schweizer, University of Alaska
Astrid Ogilvie, University of Colorado
All project leaders will be attending and available for interview. More information on the conference is available here:
Please RSVP so we can assist with accommodation and transport arrangements.

Chloe Kembery
Press Officer
European Science Foundation
1, quai Lezay Marnésia
67000 Strasbourg
Tel: 0033 388 76 21 58

Inlagt av Kaianders Sempler, 1 oktober 2009