Silalirijiit Project: Clyde River, Nunavut

Silalirijiit map

Silalirijiit map

Clyde River (Kangiqtugaapik), Nunavut, is located on the east coast of Baffin Island. Starting in 2009, local hunters and Elders partnered with researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University to initiate the Silalirijiit Project.

An Inuktitut word, Silalirijiit (pronounced see-lah-LEE-ree-yeet) means "those who work with or think about weather." This project links Inuit knowledge with climate science and environmental modeling to understand weather patterns and their changes in the Clyde River area.

Evaluating the nature and significance of weather changes in the Arctic requires an approach that merges different tools, methods, and ways of knowing the environment. In Silalirijiit, a collaborative, multicultural and multidisciplinary team of weather experts are exchanging skills and knowledge all with the common purpose of understanding the weather in this part of the Arctic.

Silalirijiit is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (OPP 0753854). The NSF title for the project is IPY: Collaborative Research: Linking Inuit Knowledge and Local-Scale Environmental Modeling to Evaluate the Impacts of Changing Weather on Human Activities at Clyde River, Nunavut. The Principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Shari Gearheard, University of Colorado (based full time in Clyde River).

Group photo

Silalirijiit team members after installing the first weather station at Akuliaqattak. Photo credit: Henry Huntington