The Arctic is changing rapidly and there is a need to know how different drivers of change interact with each other. Some changes may become so dramatic that the social and natural features of the Arctic will no longer be recognizable from what existed in the past.
This is the focus of a partly open workshop 26-28 September in Stockholm. Organised by the centre together with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the workshop is the starting point of a resilience assessment focusing on the Arctic region.
Connecting both Arctic research and policy work
The assessment is part of The project Arctic Resilience Report which is a priority for the Swedish chairmanship of the Arctic Council. It will also contribute to a larger Arctic Council endeavour to analyze Arctic change.
"The Stockholm workshop will serve to define both the most urgent issues to focus on but also to ensure that the Arctic Resilience Report can connect other activities addressing Arctic change both in research and the policy sphere" says researcher Annika E. Nilsson who is leading the project at SEI.
Understanding the changes that are occurring, their interactions and the potential for shocks and dramatic shifts is a first step.
"Identifying the avenues for building resilience in the Arctic to adapt and transform will also be crucial" says Johan Rockström, Executive Director of both the centre and SEI.
The Arctic Resilience Report project is led by Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre in collaboration with the Resilience Alliance.
The workshop has been supported by the Swedish chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.