|Title||PIs||CoPI(s)||Other Project Members||Start Date||End Date||Abstract||Programs||Funding Agency||Implementation Categories||Keywords||Region||Grant/Project Funding Amount||Project Identifer(s)||Project Web Link||Weblink to data and/or metadata||Outreach/Education Description|
|IPY: Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA)|
Shari Gearheard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This project addresses a gap in data management for Arctic research - the urgent need for effective and appropriate means of recording, storing, and managing data and information being collected in Arctic communities. Local and traditional knowledge (LTK) research and community-based monitoring efforts are on the rise, but to date there has been very little done to coordinate these projects or the information they have collected. The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) seeks to fill this gap by supporting community-based research with accessible and usable data management that can allow findings to be shared more broadly, while still keeping control of data in local hands. Specifically, ELOKA proposes to provide data management and user support to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic.
To build ELOKA, researchers, community organizations, data management specialists, web specialists, and Arctic residents will work together. ELOKA will be developed in collaboration with four pilot projects representing different regions and cultures, different priorities and goals, different topics and locations of study, and different types of data. All of the pilot projects share a focus on community-based research in the North and a common interest and need for data management and networking capability. Working closely with these projects and using their expertise, experiences, and data, we will build the core of ELOKA which includes: (a) a secure place for existing and future LTK and community-based projects to store their data in a way that is searchable and accessible to a diverse community of users while assuring protection of sensitive data; (b) a portal to finding data, information, and resources about Arctic LTK and community-based projects; and (c) developing best practices and standards in data stewardship for community-based observations.
Arctic Observing Network
International Polar Year
|National Science Foundation||Understanding Change|
|Pan-Arctic||$658,093||Continuing Grant 0632345||http://nsidc.org/eloka/partners.html|
|Bering Sea Sub Network: A Distributed Human Sensor Array to Detect Arctic Environmental Change|
Victoria Gofman (email@example.com)
This award will support the continued implementation of the Bering Sea Sub-Network (BSSN), a regional initiative of community-based organizations in Western Alaska and Northeast Russia. The "Intellectual Merit" of BSSN lies in its operation as a distributed network which employs people as individual, coordinated sensors for local environmental observations of socio-ecological change. BSSN will address the following questions: (1) how have economically significant species changed over the past century and what strategies have residents used to cope with these changes; (2) what key biophysical variables and indicators may be correlated to changes in distribution and properties of ecologically significant species; (3) how well do indigenous and traditional knowledge and Western science show spatial/temporal convergence and statistical correlation at local and regional scales; and (4) what are the major trends, patterns and constraints in individual and community adaptation to changes? The "Broader Impacts" of this award include a better understanding of Arctic environmental system change and resilience, and how to develop appropriate adaptation strategies to change for Arctic communities. BSSN will leave a legacy for a broad community of arctic residents striving to organize an observing system that is a valid partner in pan-Arctic environmental system observations. A key product will be a widely disseminated and highly accessible publication entitled "The State of the Bering Sea Bioresources: Perspectives of Local Residents", an assessment based on observations of local and indigenous observers. Other products will include a tool kit for communities to develop their own observing programs based on the framework of BSSN, and an annual illustrated magazine aimed at the village and regional levels.
|Arctic Observing Network||National Science Foundation||Observing Change|
Education / Outreach
|Nelson Island Natural and Cultural History Project|
Mark John (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This project by Mark John and Ann Riordan, Calista Elders Council, which is part of the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) Program, will organize a series of community gatherings based in which Alaska Native elders, community members, local students, and academic scientists to discuss traditional knowledge and scientific information about the ongoing changes in the Bering Sea region. This research builds on a previous NSF award for carrying out long-term observations on a regional basis among Yup'ik elders in southwestern Alaska. The success of the community gatherings format as a mechanism of holistically gathering data on cultural, social, economic, linguistics, ecological knowledge, etc was well proven under this previous project. During the current project, an interdisciplinary science team will focus on five Bering Sea communities in the Yup'ik region and the topics will cover ecological and social-cultural information specific to the changing Bering Sea ecosystem, including natural history and cultural geography, weather and ice conditions, harvest patterns, animal and plant communities and related oral traditions.
|Bering Ecosystem Study||National Science Foundation|