Inukshuk: Your open water season is only about four months long. But when those arctic storms get blowing - look out! In a matter of hours, coastal water levels can rise up to seven times higher than normal. A single storm can knock out 20 metres of shoreline, threatening buildings, people, and wildlife habitat.
Ryan: Where do you hide from a storm like that way out on the bald tundra?
Morgan: All we could do was bolt the door, break out the cards and hope the roof stayed on!
Inukshuk: It's no different for Samoans when those tropical storms hit. Their communities are as exposed to the wild elements as yours. And their livelihoods are also based very much on the land and sea.
Ryan: So...if the environment suffers, the economy suffers, right?
Inukshuk: That's very true. From 1989 to 1993 Samoa was hit by severe cyclones every spring. The worst struck in 1992 - "Cyclone Val" they called it - which severely damaged 90% of Samoa's forests and destroyed about half of its coconut trees.
Ryan: Ouch! That must have put a lot of people out of work.
Inukshuk: Coconut farming is a major employer in Samoa. Fishing too. This industry also suffers whenever a cyclone hits. And climate change may add more punch to these storms.
Morgan: How's that?
Inukshuk: With changing atmospheric conditions, tropical storms may become more common.
Ryan: But cyclones are part of the natural scene down here aren't they?
Morgan: Yeah, just like blizzards up north?