Understanding the Arctic as a System

Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change

From increasing temperatures to changing weather patterns to earlier wildfire seasons, Alaska is experiencing the effects of rapid Arctic climate change.  How do these changes impact the lives and the traditions of Alaska Native communities?

The Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change (ReAC) Camp Academy facilitates in-depth dialogue about climate change and explores its impact through the cultural lens of Alaska Native communities.


Camp participants talk about planning for the future. Photo by Diana Campbell


Camp participants learn about climate change from one another. Photo by Diana Campbell

The week-long camp integrates local observations, traditional knowledge, and western climate science.  Participants gain an understanding about the impacts of climate change from Alaska Native elders and local climate researchers, and also learn about climate communication tools and resources for responding.

Participants design individual outreach plans to share what they learned at camp with others in their community and beyond.  The camp is designed for Alaska Native educators, local leaders and planners, and rural community members.

Visit the project website

IARC Contacts: Dr. Elena Sparrow, Malinda Chase

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