Five years ago, facing momentous sea ice changes, the Native Village of Kotzebue began a collaborative research project with scientists from Columbia University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to better understand these changes. The project, called Ice Bridges, or Ikaaġvik Sikukun in the Iñupiaq language, melded Indigenous observations, aerial monitoring, ocean and marine mammal science to address questions developed with the projects Iñupiaq Elder Advisory Council.
This event will celebrate the launch of the feature-length film chronicling the years-long study and the relationships it forged. The film discusses the research and explores lessons that can inform efforts around the world to bridge local and western science expertise and perspectives when tackling urgent challenges where the impacts of climate change are greatest.
The documentary can be viewed via YouTube. A panel discussion with project researchers will be held on February 7, 2022. Please visit the event webpage for additional information.