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

Project Overview

Dates: October 2011—July 2013


Primary Scientists: 

Philip Loring, ACCAP

Bill Schnabel, UAF Water and Environmental Research Center

Craig Gerlach, UAF Center for Cross-Cultural Studies

Harry Penn, UAF Water and Environmental Research Center

Photo courtesy of Philip Loring
Photo courtesy of Philip Loring
Photo courtesy of Philip Loring

The general goal of this project, which is ongoing with the support of the City of Dillingham, the Bristol Bay Native's Association, and the Bristol Bay Borough, 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.


Related Publication:

Water security in the rural North: responding to change, engineering perspectives, and community focused solutions