Project Summary

Understanding the causes and consequences of current Arctic change is an urgent and immense task for humankind. The AGORA initiative represents a common ground to bring together researchers, indigenous researchers, and community stakeholders together as a collective to discuss the core problems faced by the Arctic in the 21st Century. This workshop focuses on how these issues may be better understood by providing a firm historical context that extends beyond our currently limited instrumental monitoring. We aim to assess the impacts of main factors associated with global change (e.g., climate, ice thaw, arctic fires, environmental pollution and wildlife abundance and diversity) on the Arctic and its human inhabitants using lake sediment core records extending back ~1000 years. The AGORA project will include scientists, early career researchers and indigenous researchers and community members from diverse backgrounds to examine the effects of these changes on biophysical components (land, air, ocean, ice and freshwater), socio-economic and cultural systems, plus their interactions. Looking at the past provides the opportunity to document the complex relationships between climate, ecosystems and human societies, which may provide a deeper understanding of how they will respond to ongoing changes in the future


Date and Location: 

ASSW 2023 February 2023 I Vienna, Austria


IASC Working Group / Committees funding the Project:


Project Lead

Sergi Pla Rabes

Year funded by IASC





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