Native Knowledge Helps Scientists Understand Changing Arctic

The marriage of native Alaskan knowledge with traditional scientific climate modeling benefits everyone by giving a clearer picture of the impacts of climate change at a local level.

No other region in United States is experiencing the consequences of climate change more than in Alaska and the Arctic. Native Alaskans lead a life closely connected to the land, the sea, and the sky. The marriage of native knowledge with traditional scientific climate modeling gives a clearer, more refined, and better detailed picture of the likely impacts of climate change at specific locations, helping communities better plan and adapt.

The following video, produced by America.gov, provides a good introduction to the idea of native knowledge and science working together for the benefit of all. Check out their their YouTube channel for many more interesting videos on a range of topics.

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