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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Building resilience and adaptation to manage Arctic change

Chapin FS, Hoel M, Carpenter SR, Lubchenco J, Walker B, Callaghan TV, Folke C, Levin SA, Maler KG, Nilsson C, Barrett S, Berkes F, Crepin AS, Danell K, Rosswall T, Starrett D, Xepapadeas A, Zimov SA


Unprecedented global changes caused by human actions challenge society's ability to sustain the desirable features of our planet. This requires proactive management of change to foster both resilience (sustaining those attributes that are important to society in the face of change) and adaptation (developing new socioecological configurations that function effectively under new conditions). The Arctic may be one of the last remaining opportunities to plan for change in a spatially extensive region where many of the ancestral ecological and social processes and feedbacks are still intact. If the feasibility of this strategy can be demonstrated in the Arctic, our improved understanding of the dynamics of change can be applied to regions with greater human modification. Conditions may now be ideal to implement policies to manage Arctic change because recent studies provide the essential scientific understanding, appropriate international institutions are in place, and Arctic nations have the wealth to institute necessary changes, if they choose to do so

Published in

AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
2006, volume: 35, number: 4, pages: 198-202

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Ecology
Callaghan, C.
Carpenter, J.
Chapin, F.S III
Lubchenco, B.
Walker, T.V.
Hoel, M.

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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