Our Work

Who is the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), and what are we doing?

SEARCH is a complex collaboration of Indigenous People, scientists, and decision makers working across disciplines, cultures, languages, and ways of knowing. We recognize that the Arctic environment is changing significantly and rapidly and that these changes have profound impacts on people from local to global scales. With an abundance of knowledge that already exists regarding these changes and how they are impacting people, SEARCH aims to bring forth this essential knowledge to drive equitable and effective solutions in the Arctic.

We are funded by the National Science Foundation to share our findings with diverse audiences. You can find all our latest publications by visiting our Products page, perusing our latest news, and by checking out recent media coverage.

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red boat in ocean
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Join our Reading Group.

Every other week SEARCH hosts an hour-long conversation about a specific Arctic-related article, essay, or piece of artwork. We share the material in advance and meet up virtually to share our perspectives. The Reading Group is open to anyone whether they've done the reading or not! Our Reading Group is a great place to meet pan-Arctic experts from many different disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds. Please get in touch with Athena Copenhaver if you are interested in joining.

Learn more about our co-production teams.

SEARCH hosts three co-production teams, each broadly focused on how the changing Arctic environment impacts people and society. Each team includes a balance of scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts who are sharing how the Arctic is rapidly changing and what these dramatic changes mean for Arctic communities, cultures, economies, and the rest of the planet. The teams meet monthly and work together to make their findings available in diverse formats tailored to specific audiences. Check out some our latest work and learn more about current team members by visiting our People page.

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Join our Integration Group.

SEARCH aims to integrate and engage across Arctic communities, disciplines, cultures, and ways of knowing. Our Integration Group meets every other month and is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the Arctic. Come learn about SEARCH and our latest projects, share your work and ideas, or just listen in. Please reach out to Athena Copenhaver for virtual meeting details.

What is co-production?

We use a recent definition of co-production of knowledge inspired by Raganathan et al: "bringing together diverse groups to iteratively create new knowledge and practices." Please read our shared language if you are interested in learning more about some of our often referenced words, concepts, and definitions.