Indigenous peoples to study global warming

Indigenous peoples to study global warming

June 03, 2022

The North Peoples Institute will be opened on the basis of Tomsk State University.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This year, North Peoples Institute will be opened on the basis of Tomsk State University (TSU). One of its work areas will be the global warming study. North indigenous peoples representatives will take part in the research.

“Scientists from various fields are working on the concept of the North Peoples Institute: anthropologists, geographers, specialists involved in the global warming study, and others. Along with this, the group includes the authorities representatives – the Tomsk region administration, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the North, Siberia and the Far East Indigenous Peoples Association leadership, as well as the Tomsk Region North Indigenous Peoples Association Kolta Kup (Ob Man)”, the university press service reports.

The institute’s concept developers are planning to build predictive climate models to understand what conditions will be like in 5, 10 and 15 years. These data, experts believe, will help to competently build strategies for the regions development, taking into account those changes that cannot be stopped, but to which humanity can adapt.

“Indigenous peoples can record many indicators that are important for monitoring, and this will significantly increase its effectiveness, since episodic data obtained by expedition scientists cannot give the whole picture. Along with this, the indigenous peoples of the North are carriers of traditional knowledge about the territory they live in, and this information can be important for ongoing research and serve as a starting point for new climate projects”, explained Sergey Kirpotin, the TSU BioClimLand Center of Excellence head.

In addition, the North Peoples Institute concept’s authors plan to pay attention to creating conditions for the training of personnel from among the northern indigenous peoples for the territories where they live.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov

June 03, 2022

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