Arctic Futures Initiative

The Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) brings a systems analysis perspective to the future of the Arctic.

A researcher tests the Arctic sea ice. Image courtesy NASA ICESCAPE

A researcher tests the Arctic sea ice. Image courtesy NASA ICESCAPE

A vast and rapid transformation of the Arctic and surrounding areas is taking place. Climatic, environmental, and socioeconomic drivers may interact, meaning decision making in the Arctic is difficult and uncertain. Some changes may increase existing pressures in the Arctic, while others may bring new opportunities. The AFI takes a holistic perspective integrating research, policy, business, and society.


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13 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
AFI at the Fifth Arctic Circle Assembly

The IIASA-led Arctic Futures Initiative at the Arctic Circle Assembly, 13-15 October 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland More

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Arctic Futures Initiative brochure

A systems perspective on the plausible futures of the Arctic


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