Nordvandet is a unique Arctic marine area in the Thule region which contains large amounts of marine mammals and sea birds. The area has been the basis for human settlement through more than 4,000 years. Melting of the Arctic sea ice now has extensive consequences for the high Arctic ecosystems and the animals and people who live in the area. Massive financial support from Carslbergfondet, the VELUX FOUNDATION and the VILLUM FOUNDATION now makes it possible to initiate a multidisciplinary project with archaeologists, biologists and anthropologists studying connections between climate, fauna and society in a thousand-year time perspective. The project has been named NOW: Living resources and society at Nordvandet in the Thule the area.