Welcome to CARMA, the CircumArctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment Network. Learn more. Photo: Valerjia Novickis/Shutterstock.com
Learn more about the caribou/reindeer herds of the Arctic. Photo: Susan Morse
What's new at CARMA. Photo: bierchen/Shutterstock.com
Photo: Susan Morse
Check out our interactive map. Photo: Wild Arctic Pictures/Shutterstock.com
Access the Field Protocol to monitor herds. Photo: Susan Morse

Carma News

CARMA still active


We have recently posted updated herd descriptions with emphasis on current trends and management (up to 2016) and we invite you to take a look under the ‘Herds tab”.

While it has been a few years since the 2012 CARMA 8 workshop, we are getting closer to raise funding support a CARMA 9 workshop in early 2018 – stay posted for an announcement and details.

Given the extent of recent declines in migratory tundra caribou, we will be focusing CARMA 9 on recovery – what it takes and what is needed. The tentative theme is “Recovery in a changing landscape”. Similar to the previous and highly successful workshops, CARMA 9 will have collaborative work sessions: we will have a few strategic brief presentations which will set the stage for subsequent Breakout groups with specific tasks assigned. 

CARMA has made progress on the tools to assess, monitor and mitigate cumulative effects by publishing papers and working with industry and government. CARMA is contributing as an Species Network to the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program established under CAFF.  CARMA has compiled and updated to 2016, the climate spatial database for calving, summer, fall, winter, and spring ranges for all herds (
Russell et al. 2013). The climate is used to derive ecologically important variables for caribou such as snow depth, rain-on-snow and icing events in winter, levels of insect harassment in summer and an index to mushrooms and drought.    









Explore caribou herds

Use CARMA's interactive map to learn more about circumpolar Rangifer herds.

Caribou News

Internationally – what is happening to caribou and wild reindeer?

Taking all caribou and wild reindeer types (forest or boreal; mountain and tundra) into account; IUCN categorized  Rangifer tarandus in 2015, as Vulnerable A2a. Abundance has overall declined by a 40% decline from about 4.8 million to 2.9 million individuals over three generations (about 21-27 years) across their circum-Arctic ranges. The IUCN ranking was Least Concern in 2008 and 1996.

CARMA’s network of contacts and databases contributed to the assessment for migratory tundra caribou and wild reindeer. We recognize still more effort is needed to refine the assessments and to expand their basis. It is worth remembering that uncertainty is high about the extent of the declines and the under-lying mechanisms which vary with region.

Check here for the IUCN assessment http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/29742/0