ARTisticc’s goal is to apply innovative standardized transdisciplinary approaches to develop robust, socially, culturally and scientifically, community centred adaptation strategies as well as a series of associated policy briefs. The approach used in the project is based on the strong understanding that adaptation is:

(a) still "a concept of uncertain form”;

(b) a concept dealing with uncertainty;

(c) a concept that calls for an analysis that goes beyond the traditional disciplinary organization of science, and;

(d) an unconventional process in the realm of science and policy integration.

The project is centered on case studies in France, Greenland, Russia, India, Canada, Alaska, and Senegal. In every site we analyze how natural science can be used in order to better adapt in the future, how society adapt to current changes and how memories of past adaptations frames current and future processes. ARTISTICC is thus a project fundamentally centered on coastal communities.

These analyses allow for a better understanding of adaptation as a scientific, social, economic and cultural practice in coastal settings. In order to share these results with local communities and policy makers, this in a way that respects cultural specificities while empowering stakeholders, ARTISTICC translates these “real life experiments” into stories and artwork that are meaningful to those affected by climate change. ARTISTICC is thus a research project that is profoundly culturally mediated.

The scientific results and the culturally mediated productions will thereafter be used in order to co-construct, with NGOs and policy makers, policy briefs, i.e. robust and scientifically legitimate policy recommendations regarding coastal adaptation. This co-construction process will be in itself analysed with the goal of increasing science’s performative functions in the universe of evidence-based policy making.

The project involves scientists from natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities, working in France, Senegal, India, Russia, Greenland, Alaska, and Canada.

The main contribution of ARTISTICC will be the identification of the coastal community-level challenges to the definition and implementation of scientifically robust, evidence-based adaptation policies. This will be achieved through the integration of the following key outcomes:

  • a robust, ground-tested, procedure for using available climate and impact science for developing locally meaningful scenarios fostering adaptation;
  • a robust, ground-tested, procedure for understanding current adaptation pathways as they enable future adaption;
  • a robust, ground-tested, procedure for linking adaptation strategies to memories of past changes;
  • clarified understanding of the meaning of adaptation as a multidimensional and multi-temporal concept for coastal communities;
  • developed understanding of the role of the cultural mediation of science through narratives and art for the purpose of fostering local action for coastal adaptation;
  • a robust scoping of the performativity for policy design of natural, human and social sciences, the humanities, as well as art-based science mediation;
  • a production of a set of co-constructed policy briefs addressing the coastal community-level challenges to the defining evidence-based adaptation policies.


ARTISTICC is funded through the participation to the "Belmont Forum International Oportunity Fund" of the national funding agencies of France, USA, Russia and India. A supplementary request for funding has been submited to the Canadian Research Councils.


Involved members:

  • Juan Baztan
  • Mateo Cordier
  • Charlotte Da Cunha
  • Jean-Michel Huctin
  • Jean-Paul Vanderlinden (Principal Investigator)
  • Zhiwei Zhu


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