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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Catalyzing interdisciplinary perspectives across social and natural science on Svalbard

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

The goal is to develop interdisciplinary collaboration between social science, natural science and the local communities in Svalbard. The severe changes in climate and environment in Svalbard (the socio-ecological system) are challenging natural sciences as well as social sciences and the living conditions in the Arctic communities. This calls for more interdisciplinary research collaboration and involvement of local community actors. The main activity in the project will be to organise a workshop connected to the Svalbard Science Conference in November 2021. The follow-up activities will be to host a series of seminars and develop a proposal to Horizon Europe with an overall objective to improve sustainability of Arctic communities. The project will build on and expand the Svalbard Social Science Initiative (SSSI) established in 2017 and the first SSSI workshop in 2019. The next workshop will invite Svalbard related researchers (both form natural science and social science) and representatives from the local communities in Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund, Barentsburg and Hornsund. This means that there will be participants from a number of national and international research projects as well as from industries and municipalities. The project will respond to the need for national and international collaboration, coordination and cooperation in data gathering between natural sciences (cryosphere, biosphere) and social sciences (health, economy, community planning, etc.). Data collection in the Svalbard region is growing as a result of more research projects in the Arctic. Most of the data are collected in natural science s (climate and ecosystem research), but social science data have started to become more important because the research need to serve the societal needs and improve the living conditions for people living and working in the Arctic. The project will provide outreach activities, including publications.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum