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SEARCH @ AGU23: We’re Bringing Shared Understanding of Arctic Environmental Change to a Meeting Over 25,000 People Strong

8 December 2023

One of the country’s largest scientific gatherings starts next week (11-15 December 2023), and SEARCH is thrilled to be attending once again. The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2023 Fall Meeting—aptly abbreviated as AGU23—will see over 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries descend on San Francisco for a week of presentations, meetings, networking, and more. SEARCH…

Co-produced knowledge guides suggestions for the Alaska Energy Security Task Force

27 October 2023

SEARCH’s co-production teams convened in Anchorage earlier this month to advance policy-relevant understanding of environmental change in the Arctic. One working group is exploring equitable and sustainable energy policies for Alaska, and they used the Anchorage convening to co-produce and submit formal comments to the Alaska Energy Security Task Force.  With the public comment period…

SEARCH Syntheses Underway: Bringing together What We Know about Changes in the Arctic

11 August 2023

SEARCH is a complex collaboration of 50 Indigenous Knowledge holders, scientists, & decision makers co-producing solutions to problems that people face as the Arctic environment changes rapidly. We operate with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs. Our premise is that meeting the profound challenges of rapid environmental change requires decisions informed…

SEARCH Highlights: How we're working together to share what we know

How Do 40+ Diverse Experts Synthesize across Disciplines and Knowledge Systems?

18 July 2023

Some years ago, Cyrus Harris, a hunter in Kotzebue, Alaska, realized Elders living in care facilities suffered without access to their traditional foods. Cyrus then collaborated with other co-workers from Maniilaq, government food safety regulators, and food scientists to safely supply traditional foods to Indigenous elders in government-regulated care facilities. With Cyrus and so many…

A Meeting of Minds: Five Hundred Years of Arctic Knowledge & Experience

18 July 2023

If we were to add up the collective years of the recently formed SEARCH Advisory Committee, we’d get pretty close to half a millennium. Between October 2022 and March 2023, we invited and welcomed to our Advisory Committee nine leaders in Arctic Indigenous knowledge, science, politics, economics, and business: Honorable Aleqa Hammond; Gail Schubert; Lisa…

Connecting Family & Friends, Food & Freezers

18 July 2023

A Friday evening phone call between Executive Director Athena Copenhaver and team member from Savoonga Bryan Rookok, Jr. turned into an hour-long discussion of hunting, weather, family, and food. Never far from the edges of these topics lingers the specter of a changing Arctic environment and how these shifts in the living world impact people.…

Co-Production of Knowledge in the Arctic

18 July 2023

Upon receiving funding for a fresh phase of SEARCH centering the practice of co-production in 2021, we set out to understand the greater landscape of co-production in the Arctic. This exploration has taken the shape of a review paper authored by several SEARCH contributors, and now, we are preparing to submit this review for peer-reviewed…

Growing Our Reach, Building Our Capacity

18 July 2023

When Alex Shahbazi graduated from Middlebury Institute of International Studies with his master’s degree in International Environmental Policy in May 2023, he had already spent over 18 months as a research assistant with SEARCH. During that time, Alex conceived of and co-produced six episodes of the SEARCH podcast Out of the Arctic and played an…