Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

This report details the struggles of the community of Kivalina Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It contains chapters on people, community, climate, seasons, air, sea, coast, land, rivers, biota, water, food, and recommendations. The major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, food security, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, wildfires, reduced air quality, erosion, sea level rise, and decreases in water quality and supply. Adaptive strategies are presented for each of the impact areas discussed. 

In this report, Kivalina describes the real possibility of relocation. By the 1990s erosion in Kivalina became critical. After storms battered the village in 2002 and 2004, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined Kivalina was in immediate need of relocation. The report explains, "residents in Kivalina understand that relocation is inevitable. But moving a community is difficult, even when there is funding, and consensus about where to go. Estimates for moving have been placed between 100 and 400 million dollars" (p. 14). 

Publication Date: January 2011

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Michael Brubaker
  • James Berner
  • Jacob Bell
  • John Warren

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