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A Study of The Impacts of Climate Change in Greenland

Sila – Inuk

A Study of The Impacts of Climate Change in Greenland

Inuit Circumpolar Council, ICC-Greenland and Kalaallit Nunaanni Aalisartut Piniartullu Kattuffiat, The Association of Fishermen and Hunters in Greenland , KNAPK, are cooperates in the Sila – Inuk project.

The change of the climate in the world are in these years something that is taken note of, especially in the Arctic we observe changes due to the changing climate.

Object of the study:

  • To collect the climate change observations made by residents of Greenland

Tools in the study:

  • Gathering and learning from related studies in other parts of the Arctic , with the aim of comparing the work. 1
  • Interviews at the spots, by making use of different forms of interviews (prepared questions and open interviews)
  • To locate changes in the landscape/sea/ice by using maps[2]
  • Taping the interview, given that the participants agree[3]
  • Using the Radio to tell about observed changes
  • Video recording the interviews is an option

Who is the main focus:  

  • Hunters
  • Fishermen
  • Others that make use of the environment

Where will the study be conducted[4]

  • Avanersuaq / Northern most part of Greenland
  • Tunu / East Greenland
  • Kitaa / West Greenland
  • Kujataa / South Greenland

Who will be partners in the study:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder . [5]

Steering group:

  • Greenland Homerule Department on Fishing and Hunting
  • Greenland Homerule Department on Environment and Nature
  • Greenland Homerule Institute of Environment and Nature
  • Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland
  • The National Museum of Greenland
  • KANUKOKA, The National Association of the Municipalities

Other Resources from where information can be used:

  • Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, ACIA,[6]


1. E.g. ”The Earth is Faster Now”.

2. Asiaq, The Greenland Homerule mapping department, are asked if they are interested in assisting the project with maps from Greenland .

3.  The participants will also have to sign a written permission allowing the project the use of the collected data in their further work, e.g. radio/TV broadcasts.

4.  To make sure that all parts of Greenland are represented we have chosen the four main regions in Greenland . And surely we are open to study other parts as well.

5. Cooperation has been agreed upon. The main focus of their project is to establish exchange of knowledge on Sea ice between scientists and hunters in Qaanaaq Alaska and Nunavut

6. November 9th 2004 this report was officially made public at the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Symposium, in Reykjavik .