Inuit of Greenland, Denmark
The Hellheim glacier, a part of the Greenland ice shelf, is calving into the Sermilik fjord. Scientists suggest that this very limited area constitutes more than 10% of the total yearly production of icebergs from Greenland. Remote sensing data indicate that due to climate change, the glacier has accelerated, resulting in an increase in the ice concentration in the Sermilik fjord. For the last 3 years the project “The Melting Arctic” has been gathering information from local hunters, elders and youth, from Gjoahaven, Nunavut, Canada in the West to Tasilaq, Greenland in the East. These interviews aim to discover how Greenlanders perceive climate change, how they adapt and how this adaptation affects the local communities on a broader level. Under Climate Frontlines, Fotspor AS proposes to extend the Melting Arctic project to include remote villages to Semilik, seeking their observations on the alterations in the ice regime, as well as local efforts to cope with and adapt to these changes. The project will help assess how the knowledge and experiences of indigenous communities correlates with the oceanographic measurements, and what adaptation measures are required to carry out a traditional way of life.