Map of community data study regions Map of ELOKA community and project regions. Boundaries are approximate.

ELOKA is currently collaborating with Indigenous community members and their representative organizations across the Arctic, including the Hudson Bay region, Baffin Island, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland, as well as the US Southwest. Not only are Indigenous peoples observing and reporting changes, they are also sharing wisdom that has long been gleaned from generations of living in their environments, thereby providing a valuable link to science.

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Atlas of Community-Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic (Arctic CBM)

This atlas showcases Arctic communities actively involved in observing social and environmental change. It was designed to highlight the many community-based monitoring (CBM) and traditional knowledge (TK) initiatives across the circumpolar region.

Topics Environmental, ecological, and cultural changes and observations

Geographic areas Circumpolar region

Date range Ongoing

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Local Observations from the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet)

This data set contains observations of sea ice, weather, and wildlife collected by Indigenous Inupiaq and Yup'ik sea ice experts in several communities along the northern and western coasts of Alaska, beginning in 2006.

Topics Sea Ice Snow Weather Wildlife

Geographic areas Alaska, United States

Date range 2006 to Present

The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life map

The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life

The purpose of The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life is to show extensive areas where Alaska Native hunters and local fishermen harvest ocean resources, and the marine waters important to the resources we rely on. It illustrates that the whole northern Bering Sea is the storehouse that supports our way of life.

Topics Traditional knowledge, wildlife, subsistence use, habitat areas

Geographic areas Northern Bering Sea, west coast of Alaska

Snowchange map

Snowchange Oral History - Work Among the Kolyma River Indigenous Societies in Siberia, Russia

Geographic and environmental information from residents of two Indigenous Chukchi communities practicing seasonal nomadic reindeer herding and other subsistence activities.

Topics Permafrost, Reindeer

Geographic areas Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russian Federation

Date range 1930 to 2009

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Baffin Bay Region Narwhal Tusk Research

Interviews are conducted in several dialects of both Inuktitut and Greenlandic, but are conducted with the aid of an English translator. More interviews will be added when translations are completed.

Topics Narwhals, Tusks

Geographic areas Nunavut, Canada, Greenland

Date range 2003

Sanikiluaq map

Sea Ice in the Belcher Islands, Nunavut, Canada

Hunters describe their observations of sea ice conditions around the Belcher Islands gathered from their many hunting expeditions. The local and traditional knowledge (LTK) gathered from these interviews reveals that the ice is changing and becoming more dangerous and less predictable than it once was.

Topics Sea ice, Ocean currents, Polynyas

Geographic areas Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Date range Near-real time (within past two hours)

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Silalirijiit Project: Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut, Canada, Weather Station Network

This site provides access to the current weather conditions at Akuliaqattak, Silasiutitalik, and Ailaktalik, located in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut. Meteorological measurements are displayed in near-real time, and include air and ground temperature, wind direction and speed, and humidity. Content is provided in both English and Inukitut.

Topics Meteorological conditions

Geographic areas Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Date range Near-real time (within past two hours)

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Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network

Local Indigenous communities in the Bering Sea region share the environmental changes they observe.

Topics Environmental change, Wildlife, Sea ice, River ice, Meteorological conditions

Geographic areas Chukotka, Kamchatka, Russian Federation, Alaska, United States

Date range 2007 to 2009

For more information and to download the summary report, see the NSIDC page for Summary Report of Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network, 2008-2009 External Web site link. To submit a request for access to the restricted survey data, see the NSIDC page for Survey Data of Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network, 2008-2009 External Web site link.

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When the Weather is Uggianaqtuq: Inuit Observations of Environmental Change

In this interactive, multi-media CD-ROM, Inuit from two Inuit communties in Nunavut, Canada, share their observations and perspectives on recent environmental changes.

Topics Sea ice, Snow, Weather, Wildlife

Geographic areas Baker Lake (Qamani'tuaq), Nunavut, Canada, Clyde River (Kangiktugaapik), Nunavut, Canada

Date range 1920 to 2001

Yupik map

Yupik Environmental Knowledge Project

Over the last ten years the Calista Elders Council (CEC) staff has worked with elders from Bering Sea coastal communities to document Yup'ik place names. Elders have been eager to teach young people their rich history and named places of their homeland, including camp and settlement sites, rivers, sloughs, rocks, ponds, even sandbars and underwater channels. More than 3,000 names have been identified with Yup'ik views on the importance of place names, the land, values, and language.

Topics Traditional place names, including environmental features and settlements

Geographic areasYukon-Kuskokwim delta, Alaska

Date range Ongoing

Food Sovereignty map

Indigenous Food and Data Sovereignty Network

The Indigenous Food and Data Sovereignty Network is a developing community interested in how to ethically collect, share, access, and visualize data, information, and documented Indigenous Knowledge to address food sovereignty in Indigenous communities. Our core network members are Indigenous people, supported by researchers with a similar vision. We focus on two regions—the Arctic and the US Southwest—to broaden perspectives and build collaborations with people who can offer their personal experiences for food sovereignty in these regions.

Topics Food and data sovereignty, climate, and resilience

Geographic areas Arctic and US Southwest

Date range 2017 to present



Building off the development of SIZONet, the PISUNA-Net observations database was developed to record, archive, and share Indigenous and local knowledge and expertise on natural resources and resource use on the western and northern coasts of Greenland.

Topics Environmental, ecological, and local observations

Geographic areas Western and Northern Coasts of Greenland

Date range 2017 to present

YK community map

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Collaborative Community Atlas

In response to a request from the Chevak Traditional Council, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Collaborative Community Atlas is being developed with private and public features, allowing for community-driven decisions on what information and knowledge should be made available to their community members, and what information and knowledge can be made public. The link above is to the public atlas.

Topics Placenames, scientific data, community input on landscapes

Geographic areas Central Alaska

Date range 2017 to present

Last Updated: 
Thu, 10/19/2017