Workshop announcement: Arctic and sub-Arctic climate change impacts: a transdisciplinary perspective

Workshop announcement: Arctic and sub-Arctic climate change impacts: a transdisciplinary perspective
A side-event of the ESSAS conference “Moving in, out and across the Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems: shifting boundaries of water, ice, flora, fauna, people and institution”, 12th -15th 2017, Tromsø, Norway (
A. Sofia A. Ferreira, Giovanni Romagnoni, Alexandros Kokkalis, Marko Lindroos
Workshop Date:
June 11th, 2017.

Location:Tromsø, Norway

Deadline for application: January 30th
Arctic and subarctic seas are changing, and we are just beginning to understand the consequences that such changes have on the ecosystems. What are the future challenges for the management of marine ecosystems? How can we better adapt to the upcoming changes? One often mentioned, but scarcely addressed issue, is the inclusion of an interdisciplinary approach for better management of marine ecosystems.
The main purpose of our workshop is to explore the relationship between interdisciplinary research and adaptation to climate change in the Arctic and subArctic systems. Our overarching goal is to get an overview of how well linked (or not) are the North Atlantic and the North Pacific in regards to the effects on climate change, the challenges for society and the adaptation strategies in place or required, using an interdisciplinary approach. We aim to assess regional specificities and global patterns of potential challenges to the ecosystems and the socioeconomic systems relying on them, and to investigate how different nations and regions are approaching the upcoming challenges. Are the same challenges expected everywhere? How will different countries address them? How much adaptation to climate change is in place already and to what extent is it geographically biased? This is the type of question we will answer.
Management of natural resources is interdisciplinary in nature, and increasingly so in a changing system: we expect that most of the findings will be interdisciplinary in nature. We will use the case of international fisheries agreement as a case study, but will search for other relevant examples to discuss during the workshop.
ESSAS offers an extraordinary opportunity to meet researchers focusing on both the North Atlantic and North Pacific, allowing for a comparison between these two systems, facilitating exchange of knowledge and allowing the understanding of geographic differences. We plan to use relevant literature and datasets as starting point and leverage tool to compare the Northeast Atlantic with other sub-Arctic areas. Moreover, we would like to investigate whether interdisciplinary research is a valuable tool for management, by exploring other cases and sectors where interdisciplinary research provided an effective tool for managing natural resources in the face of changes to the system.
We are particularly interested in getting this overview from experienced scientists, and discuss it with early career researchers, who represent the future generations of research in these topics. We welcome participants from all the relevant study areas and countries affected by changes in the Arctic and subarctic climate.
In particular, our objectives are to:
a. understand geographic patterns of challenges and threats: how are oceanographic and ecological changes affecting social and economic equilibria in different regions of the Arctic and subArctic? We will further discuss the state-of-the-art, future trends and needs of interdisciplinary research in Arctic and subArctic regions (addressing climate change), with a comparative approach between geographic areas (e.g. Northeast Atlantic, Northwest Atlantic, North Pacific). This could result in a short review paper or opinion paper about the geography of climate change adaptation to trans-disciplinary challenges in the Arctic.
b. investigate the role of interdisciplinarity in management through a brainstorming exercise and literature review: why do researchers consider important to be interdisciplinary? Can interdisciplinary science work in practice? Are there successful examples of interdisciplinary work (papers, projects) and of effective and successful applications to management? What can we learn from them? This could result in another opinion paper.

Anticipated Outcomes
We believe one full day of workshop will provide enough time to start collaborations toward one or two review/opinion piece papers stemming from objectives a) and b). Both objectives a) and b) will be subject to discussion and brainstorming during the workshop and potentially drift from the intended goals because of such discussion. The expected papers will be discussed and finalised after the end of the workshop. The expected publication output are one or two opinion pieces to be submitted in high impact-factor journals.
The results of this workshop are expected to pave the way to new interdisciplinary projects and applications to management by highlighting research gaps and identifying new directions for research toward more effective management of marine ecosystems and adaptation to climate change in the Arctic region.
Number of participants
We open our workshop to a maximum of 30 participants.

Relevant literature:
1. Pedersen et al. 2015. Trends in marine climate change research in the Nordic region since the first IPCC report. Climatic Change 134(1-2): 147-161.
2. Berkman and Young. 2010. Governance and Environmental Change in the Arctic Ocean. Science 324: 339-340.
3. Diekert and Nieminen. 2016. International fisheries agreements with a shifting stock. Dynamic Games and Applications: 1-27.
4. Pintassilgo, Kronbak and Lindroos. 2015. International Fisheries Agreements: A Game Theoretical Approach. Environmental and Resource Economics 62, 689-705.

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