Clim-ATIC is a three-year, €2.4 million, international project primarily funded by the Northern Periphery Programme (European Regional Development Fund) to work towards establishing an information, advice and training service for community climate change adaptation across Europe’s Northern Periphery. Project partners come from Finland, Greenland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden. Some are University of the Arctic members; and the University of Arctic itself is also a partner through its Thematic Network on Global Change coordinated by the Thule Institute at the University of Oulu, Finland.

The Clim-ATIC project is currently asking community stakeholders across the Northern Periphery for their views of what information THEY want and need, to effectively adapt to climate changes. This is being done using an online questionnaire. The survey is available in the 7 main languages of the Northern Periphery and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It can easily be found by following the link on the project website during June 2009. The results of the survey will provide a vital input to the design and establishment of the eventual service for community change adaptation, enabling communities across the Northern Periphery to increase their capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. If you live in Europe’s Northern Periphery, please complete the survey – and pass it on to others.

The project will be presented at a breakout session at the August University of the Arctic Council meeting, focusing particularly on the results of the current survey, with a brainstorming on how the outcomes of the project might be used by University of the Arctic members for teaching and training, and how the University of the Arctic might be involved in the implementation of the eventual service.