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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS | ALASKA CENTER for CLIMATE ASSESSMENT & POLICY

Regional Assessments of Health Vulnerability and Environmental Security (RAVENS) Phase I: Water Security in Bristol Bay

The general goal of this project is to mobilize an integrated assessment framework based on a cumulative effects approach developed originally by the Council of Environmental Quality (EPA 1996) that links broad-scale assessment and inventories of adaptive capacity with GIS and with local-scale ethnographic research to provide a composite and truly integrated assessment of communities responding to change.

The general premise is that climate change is a spatially-explicit challenge, with trends that can be described at large spatial and long temporal scales, but with impacts that can only be observed and understood at the local level. Intended outputs of the project include a seasonally-explicit decision support calendar for viewing human resource capacities and possible climate-risks simultaneously.

This project is ongoing with the support of the City of Dillingham, the Bristol Bay Native Association, and the Bristol Bay Borough,