Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Partial Support of the Arctic Human Development Report II (AHDR-II) (Award# 1301732)

PI: Schweitzer, Peter P. (
Phone: (907) 474.5015 
Institute/Department: U of Alaska, Fairbanks, Department of Anthropology 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

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Science Summary:
The goal of the Arctic Human Development Report II (AHDR-II) is to provide a second assessment and synthesis report on the state of human development in the Arctic, ten years after the initial report. This project will enable that the seven U.S. lead authors of AHDR-II can participate in critical project meetings, which are typically held in Denmark. In addition, the project will partially fund several "town-hall meetings" in various arctic locations (e.g., Alaska, Canada, Russia, Sweden). These meetings are being held in non-academic settings and are intended to stimulate feedback to draft chapters of the report by arctic residents. Finally, the project will support the dissemination of results of AHDR-II by contributions to a printed report and through assistance for establishing and maintaining an AHDR-II website, where updates and other products relevant for the user-community will be posted in regular intervals.

Logistics Summary:
This grant provides partial support for AHDR-II by enabling US participation at critical lead authors’ meetings. Between fall of 2012 and fall of 2014, four such meetings are scheduled. NSF support will guarantee that at least half of the seven US lead authors can attend all four meetings. At two occasions, all US lead authors will be attending lead authors’ meetings. These meetings are critical they are the main venues for discussion and face-to-face exchanges with the group that produces the report. The project also requests support for three “town-hall meetings” in different parts of the circumpolar North to provide additional venues for community input. In addition to travel and participant support, funds to partially support the print and online dissemination of the report and to host meetings are being sought. No fieldwork is conducted.

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