Climate Change and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

  • Marie-Jeanne S. Royer
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Climate Studies book series (BRIEFSCLIMATE)


Climate change and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) are the two key concepts that form the basis of this research. They will be looked at in more detail in this chapter. A broader understanding of these concepts is necessary when aiming to combine Cree knowledge of environmental changes with scientific data using environmental and climate indicators. The first concept broached is climate change. A lot of ink has been spilled on this subject; this chapter reviews some of these works, the history of research in the area and climate change’s implication for vulnerable spaces as they pertain to the Cree and the Eastern James Bay. The second concept explored is TEK. Again much has been said about this subject and a review is in order to ensure that the reader understands the context and optic in which this book and its underlying research were undertaken. It also includes some explanations of secondary concepts such as what is a vulnerable space and how can climate change play a role in its capacity for resilience. It also explores how TEK has been and is being used to increase our knowledge in biodiversity and to conserve it. Finally and quite important to this research, it details what has been undertaken in the combining of TEK and scientific knowledge and places this study within that context.


Traditional ecological knowledge TEK Climate change Biodiversity Vulnerable space 


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  • Marie-Jeanne S. Royer
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  1. 1.Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES)Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK

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