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Evaluation Adaptation to Climate Change in Nunavut, Canada

This three part project started in fall 2014 assesses the current state of government-driven adaptation in Nunavut, including linkages, barriers, and interactions across scales. The first part (status: ongoing) will establish an adaptation baseline for Nunavut with a systematic review of adaptation policies, programs, and initiatives at the community, territorial, and federal levels. This baseline can act as a starting point for future monitoring and evaluation of the adaptation landscape in Nunavut. The second part (status: ongoing) will create an adaptation evaluation framework that will be tested on the Terrain Analysis in Nunavut program in Arviat in partnership with the Nunavut Climate Change Centre. Finally, the third part (status: ongoing) will analyze government-driven climate change adaptation in Nunavut by applying the Ford & King (2015) Adaptation Readiness Framework to Nunavut as a case study. This will provide a “big picture” understanding of adaptation to climate change in Nunavut at multiple scales. The estimated completion date of this project is fall/winter 2015. This project is a part of both the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group ( and the Tracking Research in Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium ( based at McGill University, Québec.

Study site locations: All communities in Nunavut; however, fieldwork will only be conducted in Arviat. All other work will be desk-based.

Local collaborators: Sara Holzman (Climate Change Centre), Robert Chapple (Community and Government Services), Shirley Tagalik (Inukpaujaq Consulting)

Project contacts:

1) Jolène Labbé, Researcher, McGill University, Dept of Geography, 514-398-7456
2) Melanie Flynn, Researcher, McGill University, Dept of Geography 514-398-7456
3) James Ford, Associate Professor, McGill University, Dept of Geography 514-398-4960

Photos: coming soon

Summary Documents: coming soon

See also: Arviat Climate Change Community Engagement