Historical Ecology for Risk Management
Author(s): Justin Dunnavant
Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc., ARIES, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, BASC, and the North Slope Borough Risk Management are collaborating to develop and implement a historical ecology model for the North Slope Coastal Region of Alaska. Historical ecology is an applied research program that focuses on interactions of people and their environments. Research applications involve understanding this relationship in both time and space about its accumulated effects. The research can be applied to understanding community landscape changes that can assist future strategies. The emphases align with the ARIES mission that combines research, education and community outreach. The emphases are 1)bibliographic database of relevant historical resources, 2) examination of the shoreline to provide a time-series baseline 3) simulation models of socio-natural cycles of change, 4) shoreline web based resource to assist academia, industry, regional government and local communities, 5) integrated team of researchers, planners, and Risk Managers to extract data for simulations 6) community service learning for disaster preparedness among youth (PolarTREC).
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Historical Ecology for Risk Management. Justin Dunnavant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437062)