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Modelling Kivalina
2012-13


Kivalina is an Iñupiaq village of 400 people situated on a barrier island in the Arctic, on the northwest coast of Alaska. In recent years global warming has been postponing the formation of sea ice, exposing the shore to autumnal sea storms and thus placing the existence of Kivalina increasingly under threat. The lack of basic infrastructure compounded by erosion and flooding, have pushed the village into seeking relocation. Following the failure of the legal forum to address Kivalina’s claims and the standstill of governmental relocation attempts, the Modelling Kivalina group comprised of MA and PhD students travelled to Alaska to conduct a series of interviews with village residents, scientists, and political representatives.


See Modelling Kivalina at the World Justice Project here