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Workshop with the residents of Qaanaaq in Greenland

We held a workshop with the residents of the Qaanaaq Village on 29th July. This workshop is to present our research activities to the local people, and to exchange information of environmental change and its impact on the society. This event has been organized every summer since 2016 to build a collaborative relationship with the locals. Researchers from Hokkaido University, Kyoto University and Calgary University participated the workshop this year. We introduced our research activities on ice caps, glaciers, the ocean and landslide, which were followed by questions from the audience. 20–30 people attended and listened to our presentations carefully.

The participants asked a lot of questions and gave comments on our research results. Many of the questions were directly related to their lives. The questions include the likely location of landslide in the future and the possibility of such disaster in the Qaanaaq Village. I realized that our research has a good potential to contribute to a better life of the local residents. After the workshop, we conducted a questionnaire survey on the environmental changes. People responded to our survey with interests. Preliminary result of the survey shows that the people realize rapid changes in the nature and recognize the impact on the human society. We provided the participants ocean bathymetry maps generated from our ocean measurements. Many people said that the maps are useful for fishing and hunting. We believe the interaction with the residents is important for our activity in the future.

Izumi Asaji (Hokkaido University)


Presentation by S. Yamasaki on landslide occurred in a nearby village Siorapaluk


Many people joined the workshop with their family


After the workshop, we conducted a survey with a questionnaire on environmental change observed in the region

Other posts of Qaanaaq observation
<2016>
- Field observation in Qaanaaq, northwestern Greenland (From Qaanaaq 1)
- Field campaign in Bowdoin Glacier, Greenland (From Qaanaaq 2)
- Oceanographic observation in the Bowdoin fjord near Qaanaaq, northwestern Greenland (From Qaanaaq 3)
- Workshop with Qaanaaq village people (from Qaanaaq 4)

<2017>
- Research expedition on the northwestern Greenland Ice Sheet 1 - Maintenance of Auto Weather Station -
- Research expedition on the northwestern Greenland Ice Sheet 2 - Geophysical survey at Bowdoin Glacier, northwest Greenland (6-17 July 2017) -
- Workshop with Qaanaaq village people
- Ocean observations in Bowdoin Fjord, Northwest Greenland

<2018>
- Ice cap and outlet stream observations in Qaanaaq, northwestern Greenland
- Ocean measurements in Inglefield Fjord and workshop with the residents of Qeqertat Village in Greenland

<2019>
- Field observations of surface mass balance and meltwater discharge on Qaanaaq Ice Cap, northwestern Greenland
- Field observation in Bowdoin Glacier, northwestern Greenland