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How cross-country skiers are adaptating to climate change (2009)

A survey-based study was conducted to assess xc skiers' adaptation to changing climate conditions, and preferences of adaptation tools.

Three groups were identified: - The 'social group' that place emphasis on skiing traditions and social motivations. This group is most likely to give up skiing if the conditions are poor. - The 'outdoor type' group who ski for the environmental qualities (nature, landscape), and are interested in behavioral adaptation options that include traveling further away from home to reach a ski area or using artificial snow tracks. They will accept options that preserve the opportunity to be physically active outdoors. - The 'technical type' are motivated by fitness objectives; they're also interested in behavioral adaptation options that preserve the opportunity to ski, and short of that, prefer options that allow them to maintain their fitness/physical activity goals.


CITE: Landauer, M., Sievanen, T., & Neuvonen, M. (2009). Adaptation of Finnish cross-country skiers to climate change. (Report). Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 187(2), 99-113.

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