Special Session Human Adaptation in the Changing Arctic

Adaptation is a universal property of a human body, determined by resilience to the negative environmental factors that affect it, and the ability to overcome them.

Indigenous peoples and Russian pioneers have perfectly adapted in the Arctic, having developed protective mechanisms over the centuries, primarily through their clothes and way of life. At the same time, climate change has begun to significantly affect life in the Arctic and cause disasters unforeseen by the Arctic residents.

The Arctic climate is considered one of the harshest and coldest on the planet. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the long-term climate warming trend continues to persist, with the Arctic and Antarctic regions being the most sensitive and vulnerable to climate change. Global warming may be accelerated by the temperature-rising phenomena, such as the release of carbon from the inert natural reservoirs and rapid shrinking of ice in the Arctic Ocean. The consequences of climate change are closely intertwined with a number of global and local problems of human life in the Arctic regions. It is necessary to study the vulnerabilities, develop empirical research and assess possible risks and anomalies caused by climate change.

The following is proposed for discussion at the session: research in the field of climate change, ecology, sociology, human health and adaptation to extreme natural and climatic conditions in the Arctic; culture and language, monitoring the status of biological resources in the Arctic, which will assess the adaptation of indigenous peoples to climate change, globalization and industrial development of the Arctic.

Roundtable Arctic Medicine: Fundamental and Applied Research The goal of the roundtable is to highlight the key results of scientific research, exchange experience, prospects for joint scientific research in the Arctic medicine. At the roundtable, the results and prospects of scientific fundamental and applied research in the Arctic medicine will be presented

Seminar Social and Phycological Aspects of Arctic Residents Adaptation to Climate Change

Issues for discussion:

-Mental implications and psychological counseling for the people who have survived traumatic climatic events.

- Welfare activity with the vulnerable groups of population. Psychologists, sociologists, social workers and others can take part in the work of this area.


  • • Larisa V. Shelokhovskaya candidate of biological sciences, senior researcher UNESCO Chair, NEFU, Head of the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Environmental Education, GBU RS (Y) "Directorate of Biological Resources, Specially Protected Natural Areas and Natural Parks"


  • Tamara MORDASOVAHead of the Interregional Partnership "Sustainable Development of the AZRF", Executive Director of the International Conference "Arctic 2022", Member of the Council for Welfare and Sustainable Development under the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • Nikolay GogolevPh.D., Director of the Medical Institute of NEFU
  • • Sergey V. Vdovenko,Candidate of Biological Sciences, Senior Scientist from the Laboratory of Physiology of Extreme States of the Research Center "Arctic" FEB RAS, Magadan
  • • Sergey. V. Mishcheryakov General Director of Non-commercial Partnership Corporate educational and scientific center;
  • • Oleg K. Lezhnev,SOGAZ PROFMEDICINE;
  • • Terry Chapin,Professor Emeritus of Ecology Institute of Arctic Biology University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • • Valentina S. Lukina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, NEFU
  • • Valentina L. Pulyaevskaya, Deputy Head, State Autonomous Institution "Center for Strategic Research under the Head of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)"
  • • Svein Mathiessen, Sami University of Applied Sciences (Norway)
  • Mikhail POGODAEV, Deputy Minister for Arctic Development and Indigenous Affairs of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
  • • Anatoly V. Zhozhikov, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Head, UNESCO Department, NEFU
  • • Aleksandr Y. Komissarov Deputy Director of the Department of Subsoil Use of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug - Ugra
  • Natalia StruchkovaCandidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of World, National History, Ethnology, Archeology, Faculty of History, NEFU;
  • • Kapitolina M. Yakovleva,Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of World, National History, Ethnology, Archeology, Faculty of History, NEFU;
  • • Galina S. Vasilieva, Associate Professor of Institute Natural Sciences NEFU;
  • • Lyudmila S. Lebedeva, Senior Researcher, Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Video. Special Session Human Adaptation in the Changing Arctic


28 Sep 2021


15:00 - 18:00


Northern Sustainable Development Forum


Institute of Medicine
Institute of Psychology
Teacher Training Institute
Institute of Finances and Economics
Faculty of History
Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Peoples of the North-East of RF
International UNESCO Chair M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University
Interregional Scientific, Technological, Business and Educational Partnership “Sustainable Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation”
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