Polar zones

WG Polar zones: Vulnerability, resilience, and capacity to adapt to global change at high latitudes

Heading north

The Chrono-Environnement laboratory has been conducting research on the socio-ecological systems of the Arctic and boreal zones for nearly 15 years. The first missions, which began in Greenland in 2006, have been followed by a gradual strengthening, particularly through the development and funding of interdisciplinary projects involving Greenland, Canada, and now the United States.

Coordinators : Laurent Millet et Claire Houmard


Current warming is particularly rapid in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and is the cause of many social, economic, and environmental changes. Arctic peoples must confront these upheavals, and in this particular context, the study of current, as well as past, changes provides an opportunity to explore the complex relationships among climate, ecosystems, and human societies.

The researchers in this group are paleoenvironmental scientists, archaeologists, sedimentologists, ecologists, and geologists. Their work focuses on the vulnerability, resilience, and adaptability of present and past human societies to global change. They also address how climate change affects biodiversity in order to predict the consequences of these changes for species and their distribution in the ecosystem.


The establishment of the Polar, Subpolar, and Boreal Working Group will allow for better representation of this work and encourage the creation of interdisciplinary national and international projects.

Current projects