Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Global Climate Change Threatens Reindeer, Caribou

Date:
November 16, 2004
Source:
University Of Alaska Fairbanks
Summary:
Global climate change could threaten the most important terrestrial subsistence resource in the circumpolar north-- reindeer and caribou.

Global climate change could threaten the most important terrestrial subsistence resource in the circumpolar north-- reindeer and caribou.

To assess the effects of climate change on reindeer and caribou and the communities that depend on them, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) and Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service are hosting a workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, to launch the CircumArctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment network (CARMA).

“The goal of the CARMA network is to bring the right people together to see how we can collectively monitor the relationship between humans and Rangifer” said Gary Kofinas, CARMA organizer and professor of policy and management at IAB.

“Everyone is observing unprecedented changes in the Arctic such as an overall increase in temperature, changes in the variability of weather, changes effecting hunters’ access to animals because of changes in snowpack and timing of snowpack,” Kofinas said.

“This international network of government agencies, resource managers and users, community representatives and university researchers will work together to monitor the health of Rangifer populations in response to the significant climate and environmental changes occurring in the North,” said Don Russell, CARMA organizer and Environment Canada’s Manager of Circumpolar Global Change Program.

Workshop participants from Russia, Finland, Norway, Greenland, Canada, and the United States will define how the CARMA network will be structured and how the information will be shared among participants and the public.

“In northwestern North America there has been dramatic warming in the spring,” Russell said. “But in the central barrens of Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut the fall has undergone warming while east of Hudson Bay temperatures have actually dropped.”

“We need to track how these changes affect the animals and the people whose cultures have depended on caribou and reindeer for thousands of years,” Kofinas said.

“Within the CARMA network we can integrate the information we are getting from satellites, weather stations, biological monitoring, and community monitoring to get a better picture of the whole system,” Russell said.

CARMA is part of the Arctic Council’s initiative to monitor biodiversity in relation to climate change. The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that provides a mechanism to address common concerns and challenges faced by Arctic people. CARMA’s initial funding was provided by Environment Canada’s Northern Ecosystem Initiative, Canada’s Climate Change Action Fund and the International Arctic Science Committee.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Alaska Fairbanks. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Alaska Fairbanks. "Global Climate Change Threatens Reindeer, Caribou." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 November 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041115002833.htm>.
University Of Alaska Fairbanks. (2004, November 16). Global Climate Change Threatens Reindeer, Caribou. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041115002833.htm
University Of Alaska Fairbanks. "Global Climate Change Threatens Reindeer, Caribou." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041115002833.htm (accessed September 22, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Will Climate Rallies Spur Change?

Will Climate Rallies Spur Change?

Newsy (Sep. 21, 2014) Organizers of the People's Climate March and other rallies taking place in 166 countries hope to move U.N. officials to action ahead of their summit. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Thousands March in NYC Over Climate Change

Thousands March in NYC Over Climate Change

AP (Sep. 21, 2014) Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world on Sunday to urge policy makers to take action on climate change. (Sept. 21) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Climate Change Rally Held in India Ahead of UN Summit

Climate Change Rally Held in India Ahead of UN Summit

AFP (Sep. 20, 2014) Some 125 world leaders are expected to commit to action on climate change at a UN summit Tuesday called to inject momentum in struggling efforts to tackle global warming. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Music With Recycled Instruments at Colombia Fest

New Music With Recycled Instruments at Colombia Fest

AFP (Sep. 19, 2014) Jars, bottles, caps and even a pizza box, recovered from the trash, were the elements used by four musical groups at the "RSFEST2014 Sonorities Recycling Festival", in Colombian city of Cali. Duration: 00:49 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins