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Inuit Pinngortitarlu - Nuup Kangerlua Monitoring and Mapping Project- Past Present and Future use

General

Project start
01.02.2012
Project end
31.12.2020
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Community & Indigenous Knowledge
Project topic
Climate research
Culture & history
Ecosystems
Ecosystems, terrestrial

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 64.1905332, -51.6952628

Fieldwork start
01.02.2012
Fieldwork end
31.12.2012

Project details

02.10.2018
Science / project plan

Inuit Pinngortitarlu -Nuup Kangerlua Monitoring and Mapping Project 

By mapping historical and contemporary use of the Nuuk Fjord complex, we are exploring human-environment relations and local knowledge to outline local and regional impacts and experiences of climate change, the dynamics, socio-economics, and political ecology of resource use, non-renewable resource development and the adaptive capacities of local communities. Inuit Pinngortitarlu could be translated simply as "people and nature," yet pinngortitaq can also be understood literally to mean "to come into being."  

We seek to understand the Nuuk Fjord area as a human world in which people engage in a complexity of rich and intricate social relations with animals and the environment. As such, we are researching local knowledge and perceptions of weather, climate and environment, the use of living marine and terrestrial resources, the growing importance of tourism and leisure, and the political, social and environmental aspects of extractive industries.  

Part of our work involves analysing historical and contemporary accounts, studying place names and mapping travel routes. We are examining settlement patterns and both historical and contemporary movement throughout the Nuuk Fjord region. Another aspect of this project is to place more recent changes within an archaeological and historical context. To understand the impact of changes on historical Inuit and Norse cultures, we are focusing on adaptation strategies in relation to changes in sea ice, climate and the environment. 

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