Linking indigenous and scientific knowledge of climate change

Clarence Alexander, Nora Bynum, Elizabeth Johnson, Ursula King, Tero Mustonen, Peter Neofotis, Noel Oettlé, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Chie Sakakibara, Vyacheslav Shadrin, Marta Vicarelli, Jon Waterhouse, Brian Weeks

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We explore the connections among indigenous climate-related narratives, documented temperature changes, and climate change impact studies from the scientific literature. We then propose a framework for enhancing synthesis of these indigenous narratives of observed climate change with global assessments. Our aim is to contribute to the thoughtful and respectful integration of indigenous knowledge with scientific data and analysis, so that this rich body of knowledge can inform science and so that indigenous peoples can use the tools and methods of science for the benefit of their communities if they choose to do so. Improving ways of understanding such connections is critical as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report process proceeds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • assessment
  • indigenous knowledge
  • observed impacts
  • temperature change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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