The Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index (AWRVI)

June 30, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

People in the Arctic and sub-Arctic continue to face uncertain livelihoods as they contend with environmental variability and changes operating at multiple scales. The Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index (AWRVI) is an adaptive capacity tool for Arctic communities to assess their susceptibility to changing biophysical and socioeconomic conditions affecting their water resources. It integrates a range of community-specific water data to provide a holistic profile of vulnerability to changing water resources and a measure of adaptive capacity to respond to change.

The AWRVI has been applied in seven communities in Northwest Alaska and Southcentral Alaska, and five communities on Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. AWRVI version 2.0 is currently under development at the University of Idaho's Center for Resilient Communities in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center.

The AWRVI contributes to several research goals addressed by the IARPC Arctic Communities Collaboration Team, including engaging indigenous observers and communities in monitoring environmental parameters, and assessing vulnerability of Arctic communities to ecosystems to climate change and socio-economic stressors.

To learn more about AWRVI, please read this brochure and this publication in Environmental Management.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Andy Kliskey, University of Idaho

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