Climate change will have an impact on ecosystems, including the presence and prevalence of infectious agents and diseases affecting reindeer and people, and northern societies in particular. This project is closely linked with the CLINF-project («Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies”, Nordic Centre of Excellence, 2016-2021), and is addressing pathogens and climate sensitive infections in semi-domesticated reindeer (Norway) and wild reindeer (Iceland). Reindeer will be sampled (live or slaughterhouse/hunt; 2017-2019) and investigated for reindeer pathogens, climate sensitive infections and the presence of unknown viruses (metagenomics). We will also address traditional knowledge among reindeer herders regarding understanding, prevention and treatment of reindeer diseases, through interviews with the project participants. Data will be available for all the working packages in CLINF and thus compared with parallel findings in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Greenland, and will also be linked to findings from a previous project (CARD), and thus be a part of a long-term monitoring, addressing fluctuations and trends along with a changing climate. The data will be published for scientists and stakeholders, and also used for complex statistical analyses and modeling through CLINF. Through this project we aim at linking member institutions of Fram Centre closer together, as well as linking biology and veterinary medicine to traditional Sami reindeer herding knowledge.
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Project manager: Morten Tryland
Project code: 182018