(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

The dynamic multiscale nature of climate change vulnerability : an Inuit harvesting example

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FORD J.D. (1) ; MCDOWELL G. (1) ; SHIRLEY J. ; PITRE M. ; SIEWIERSKI R. (2) ; GOUGH W. (3) ; DUERDEN F. (4) ; PEARCE T. (5) ; ADAMS P. (1) ; STATHAM S. (1) ;
(1) Department of Geography, McGill Univ., Montreal, CANADA
(2) Dept. of Geography , Univ. of Toronto, Scarborough, CANADA
(3) Department of Geography and Planning, Univ., Toronto, CANADA
(4) Dept. of Geography , Univ., Victoria, CANADA
(5) Sustainability Research Centre , Univ. of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, AUSTRALIE


This article advances a vulnerability framework to understand how climatic risks and change are experienced and responded to by Inuit harvesters using a case study from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Results indicate that sea ice conditions are changing rapidly and affecting trail conditions, safety, and access to harvesting grounds. It demonstrates that within this context, current responses that are effective in moderating vulnerability could undermine adaptive capacity in the long term, representing overspecialized adaptations, creating the potential for further loss of response diversity and flexibility, and engendering potential downstream effects, creating trajectories of maladaptation. These findings challenge previous research that has argued that current resilience of the Inuit socioecological system is indicative of high adaptive capacity to future change and indicates that climate change might pose more serious risks to the harvesting sector than previously assumed


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 103, no5 [pp. 1193-1211]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 tabl., 3 cartes, 1 ill.




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