Chorover, Talia: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Natural Resources
Project Title: 
Ecological Calendars in the Pamirs
Project Abstract: 
My research bridges contemporary climate science and indigenous knowledge to conceptualize a holistic, place-based approach to climate change adaptation for food sovereignty in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia. Ecological calendars, which were once widely used by communities in the Pamirs, are systems of telling time in relation to indicators in the environment. These indicators, like the presence of a migratory bird, are used to inform livelihood and agricultural activities, and are therefore highly adapted to local conditions. Over the last century, ecological calendars in the Pamirs have fallen out of use. Now, due to increased climate variability in the region, villagers are expressing a desire to revitalize their ecological calendars to build anticipatory capacity to climate change.