A new paper, led by SFN PhD student Harry Penn (now a post-doctoral researcher at the Arctic Institute of North America), is out in Weather Climate and Society, a journal of the American Meteorological society.
The paper discusses the seasonal signals in how climate change is manifesting in rural Alaska, and how this interacts with the seasonal patterns of life that are common in the North. This temporal dynamic is important, because it means that people's ability to respond to change and surprise changes over time. Generally, existing approaches to climate and hazard vulnerability analysis are geographically specific, that is, showing differences from place to place, but they rarely capture how capacity varies, and perhaps is eroded, over time.
The paper offers a planning framework based on the seasonal subsistence calendars that are common in Indigenous communities as a way to enhance vulnerability analysis and adaptation planning.