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Climate Change in Kiana, Alaska Strategies for Community Health

Michael Brubaker and Raj Chavan
Created: 2/14/2017 - Updated: 11/06/2018


Rural Arctic communities are vulnerable to climate change and residents seek adaptive strategies that will protect health and health infrastructure. In the Inupiat community of Kiana, climate change is impacting the weather, land, river, wildlife, plants, and the lives of the people who live there. Identi ed health concerns include food insecurity, damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, and increased risk of injury related to unpredictable weather conditions.

This report documents climate change impacts as described by the local people and interpreted through the lens of public health. It is the fourth report in a series describing climate change in Northwestern Alaska. The rst two reports focused on the coastal whaling communities of Point Hope and Kivalina. This is the second report to look at an upriver community; the rst was Noatak located on the Noatak River, and now Kiana located on the Kobuk River. These reports were prepared by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Center for Climate and Health in partnership with the Maniilaq Association, the Northwest Arctic Borough, Kiana Tribal Council and the City of Kiana. Funding was provided by the United States Indian Health Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

Published On

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Public Health
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Public health risks
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies