Title Human Dimensions of the Arctic System
Type Research Project
Abstract Linda Mearns and colleagues (Manda Lynch and Ron Brunner of the University of Colorado, and Judy Curry of Georgia Institute of Technology) are working on climate change scenarios including extreme events and downscaling for the Human Dimensions of the Arctic System (HARC) project at the University of Colorado. The focus of this project is to understand, support, and enhance the local decision-making process on the North Slope of Alaska in the face of climate variability on seasonal-to-decadal time scales, resulting from natural anthropogenic causes. The primary goal is to help stakeholders clarify and secure their common interest by exchanging information and knowledge concerning climate and environmental variability.
Participants Linda Mearns
Manda Lynch
Ron Brunner
Judy Curry
Start Date
Keywords Climate Variability
Decision Making
Research Themes


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)