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When the Weather is Uggianaqtuq: Inuit Observations of Environmental Changes, Version 1

Uggianaqtuq (pronounced OOG-gi-a-nak-took) is a North Baffin Inuktitut word that means to behave
unexpectedly, or in an unfamiliar way. From the perspective of many hunters and elders in the Arctic,
the weather has been uggianaqtuq in recent years. In this interactive, multi-media CD-ROM, Inuit from
two communties, Baker Lake (Qamani'tuaq) and Clyde River (Kangiktugaapik) in Nunavut, Canada, share
their observations and perspectives on recent environmental changes. The CD-ROM is a pilot project
that uses media technology as an alternative way (as opposed to written reports) to document and communicate Inuit observations and knowledge. Maps, text, photos, video and music are integrated to
help illustrate the changes Inuit have observed in their environment and the impacts on their
livelihoods. The integrated components allow the user to search by topic or person; view interview clips
in Inuktitut with English interpretations; view and print maps about environmental changes drawn by
participants; view short videos with scenes from the communities; view summaries and photos of
environmental changes and their impacts to the landscape and community life. Topics include sea ice,
snow, wind, weather variability, changes in seasons, changes in activities, animals, and more.

Please Note: This CD-ROM is Copyright Shari Fox (Gearheard), 2003 (the author). All
rights reserved. This CD-ROM may not be copied or reproduced in part or
in whole in any way without permission from the author. The CD-ROM is to
be used for educational purposes only unless with written permission
from the author.

The research project was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), grant number OPP-9906740, a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
(SSHRC), and an award from the Innovative Research Program at the Cooperative Institute for Research
in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

This data set was previously part of the ARCSS program as ARCSS122. The ARCSS program data sets were moved to a different data center. However, we have kept this data set for educational purposes.

  • Atmospheric Winds
  • Animals/Vertebrates > Fish
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Glaciers
  • Glaciers/Ice Sheets > Icebergs
  • Animals/Invertebrates > Arthropods > Hexapods > Insects
  • Snow/Ice > Lake Ice
  • Sea Ice > Leads
  • Ocean Winds
Data Format(s):
  • HTML
Spatial Coverage:
N: 70.466944, 
N: 64.283611, 
S: 70.466944, 
S: 64.283611, 
E: -68.516667, 
E: -96.066667, 
W: -68.516667
W: -96.066667
Spatial Resolution:Not SpecifiedSensor(s):CAMERAS, VISUAL OBSERVATIONS
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1920 to 31 December 2001
Temporal ResolutionNot specifiedMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):R. Barry, Shari Gearheard

Geographic Coverage

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Gearheard, S. 2004. When the Weather is Uggianaqtuq: Inuit Observations of Environmental Changes, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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