Climate Change in Point Hope, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

This report details the struggles of the community of Point Hope, Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, sea level rise, erosion, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, decreases in water quality and supply, and food safety and security.

Recommendations for adaptive strategies are presented for each of the impact areas discussed. Specifically, the report suggests that Point Hope would benefit from increased participation in the following: weather, coastal zone, and wildlife observation and monitoring programs; expanded collaborations with researchers; and increased local capacity for climate change coordination and management.

Publication Date: August 2010

Authors or Affiliated Users:

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

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  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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