Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) represents a network of critical ocean and coastal observations, data and information products that update the status of Alaska's marine ecosystem, allowing stakeholders to make better decisions. In April 2014, AOOS hosted a community-based monitoring workshop, which resulted in a "best practices" manual on effective project and program planning.
George Mason University Professor Susan Crate and ELOKA are developing applications in support of communities and her research on the complexities of human-environmental interactions. ELOKA worked with Professor Crate to develop two prototype web atlases (Nunatsiavut and Sakha) under the Understanding Climate-Driven Phenological Change—Observations, Adaptations, and Cultural Implications in Northeastern Siberia and Labrador/Nunatsiavut (PHENARC) project. ELOKA continues to collaborate with Professor Crate and partner communities to develop future projects.
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) represents more than 150,000 Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and the Chuckchi Peninsula of Russia. The organization defends Inuit priorities to organizations such as the United Nations and the Arctic Council.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) represents some 55,000 Inuit in more than 50 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in Canada. Formerly known as Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, ITK was founded in 1971. The organization represents Inuit interests in issues of environment, society, culture, and politics.
Narwhal Tusk Research founded in the year 2000, is an international collaboration with an interdisciplinary approach that crosses the borders of biologic, chemical, physical, and social science to discover the purpose and function of the erupted tusk of the narwhal. ELOKA partnered with NTR to archive and distribute data, including elder interviews, collected for the project.
Snowchange Cooperative is a network of indigenous cultures in the Circumpolar North. Based in Finland, the organization is devoted to protecting Finnish traditions and culture, but has alliances with other indigenous cultures across the globe. The Snowchange Project began in early 2001 as a multi-year education-oriented initiative to document Indigenous observations of climate change in northern regions. Snowchange is collaborating with ELOKA to present the history, culture, and contemporary environmental situation of the Indigenous Chukchi communities and traditional fishing and reindeer herding communities of Finland.
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) works to protect the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and promote the viability of coastal communities. AMCC collaborated with Bering Sea Elders Group on a mapping project to illustrate the expansive area needed for traditional hunting and fishing use in the ocean, and to show ecologically important areas for species used by tribes in the northern Bering Sea. The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life was published in 2011. ELOKA developed a website to archive the project.
The Bering Sea Sub-Network (BSSN) comprises a set of coastal communities representing six indigenous cultures: three in the Russian Federation and three in the United States. The objective of BSSN is to develop a framework that will enable residents in remote Arctic communities to systematically document physical and social changes occurring in their region. ELOKA and BSSN are collaborating on the preservation, management, and distribution of data collected from eight northern Indigenous communities in the United States, Alaska, and Russia.
The Calista Elders Council (CEC) is a non-profit organization representing the 1,300 Yup'ik tradition bearers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta in southwest Alaska. ELOKA has partenerd with CEC while working on The Yup'ik Environmental Knowledge Project, which is a National Science Foundation-funded project documenting Indigenous placenames and knowledge in the Bering Sea Coastal Region. ELOKA is using the Nunaliit Atlas system as a data management strategy for the knowledge collected, ensuring it is preserved and shared in ways meaningful to the communities involved.
The Data Conservancy is a growing community promoting data preservation and re-use across disciplines with tools and services. ELOKA has been providing a programmer to the Data Conservancy development team and is using the Data Conservancy software to provide preservation services.
The Sanikiluaq Sea Ice Project worked with three hunters to produce information and maps about changing conditions around the Belcher Islands. ELOKA hosts the project results, including hunter interviews and maps created during the effort.
The Seasonal Ice Zone Observation Network (SIZONet), now managed by AAOKH, is an interdisciplinary project that implements an integrated program for observing seasonal ice in the context of a changing Arctic. Sea-Ice System Services (SISS), which offers a framework to organizing observational networks, guides SIZONet’s overall design. Garnered data within SISS involves the role of sea ice in maintaining a cool Arctic, and the benefits and hazards associated with sea ice, including how sea ice may aid Indigenous peoples. To join in SISS’s goal of better understanding sea ice, and as a contribution to the International Polar Year (IPY) project Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU), Hajo Eicken’s team has collaborated with Indigenous experts from Alaskan coastal communities, who have kept logs of ice conditions and ice use in their area. Such observations, along with geophysical measurements and modeling studies, can improve predictions of ice conditions, and in doing so, let different ice users understand and respond to a rapidly changing Arctic.
Through a partnership between SIZONet and ELOKA, Eicken’s team has developed an online interface to a database that archives and shares these important sea ice observations gathered by the community. Visitors can browse records of weather and sea ice conditions, animals encountered, and photographs taken along the observation routes by sea ice experts. To learn more, explore the Local Observations from the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network web interface.
The Silalirijiit project, under the leadership of principal investigator (PI) Shari Fox, links Inuit knowledge with climate science and environmental modeling to better understand weather patterns and changes in the Clyde River, Nunavut (Baffin Island) area. In Silalirijiit, a collaborative, multicultural and multidisciplinary team of weather experts are exchanging skills and knowledge with the common purpose of understanding the weather in this part of the Arctic.ELOKA built and maintains a Web site hosting daily weather data and an archive of daily snapshots;from weather station cameras. See www.clyderiverweather.org for the weather data and photographs.
Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association (YRDFA) works to protect and promote all healthy fisheries and cultures along the Yukon River drainage. YRDFA was established in 1990, becoming an essential intermediary between the fishing community and fishery managers. ELOKA will build a website to share the spoken language and traditional Place names that YRDFA has been documenting within a region of the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon River.
Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council is an Indigenous grassroots organization, consisting of 70 First Nations and Tribes, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. ELOKA is developing an online atlas to display gathered data and information on water quality and other environmental factors for the Yukon River that we are building upon for the Chevak Traditional Council.