Project

Understanding the Interactions Between Human Health, Environment, and Climate in Salish Sea Communities

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Northwest CSC, North Pacific LCC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Jamie Donatuto (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)
  • Sarah Grossman (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)
  • Eric Grossman (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center)

The overarching project goal was to develop overlapping conceptual models of environmental and community health indicators in reference to climate forecasts. The sensitivity of species and habitats to climate was cross-walked with recently developed Coast Salish community health indicators (e.g., ceremonial use, knowledge exchange, and physiological well-being) in order to demonstrate how Indigenous Knowledge can be used in conjunction with established landscape-level conservation indicators (e.g., shellfish and water-quality) and employed to identify resource management priorities. Project products include: (1) maps and models that highlight potential impacts in regard to Swinomish first foods and cultural sites; (2) an evaluation of community health impacts, concerns, and priorities in relation to these impacts; (3) more detailed climate change assessment and strategies matrices, specifically filling in information gaps on vulnerable first foods and community health and well-being indicators, for use in planning; (4) development of tools to be shared with other coastal tribal communities for climate change planning; and (5) an education and dissemination plan that will engage multiple sectors of the Swinomish Community and beyond.

This project was funded jointly by the Northwest CSC and the North Pacific LCC.

The Salish Sea - Credit: BLM

Affiliation(s): Northwest CSC, North Pacific LCC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Jamie Donatuto (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)
  • Sarah Grossman (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)
  • Eric Grossman (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center)
Cooperator(s)/Partner(s):
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Start Date: 2012

End Date: 2013

Project Status: Completed

Tags: human health, climate change, conservation, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, TEK, Swinomish Tribe, Washington, Salish Sea, Northwest, Northwest, Native Communities, Education, Modeling and Tools, Decision-Making Support and Tools, Tribes and Tribal Organizations, CSC, Northwest CSC, 2012

Fiscal Year: FY 2012 Projects

Publications & Other

  • Final Report for "Correlation and Climate Sensitivity of Human Health and Environmental Indicators in the Salish Sea"

    • SwinomishTribeProject_FinalReport_30Mar14.pdf (Download)
    • Indigenous community health and climate change: integrating biophysical and social science indicators