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Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation (Nunataryuk)

Description:

Most human activity in the Arctic takes place along permafrost coasts, making them a key interface. They have become one of the most dynamic ecosystems on Earth because permafrost thaw is now exposing these coasts to rapid change: change that threatens the rich biodiversity, puts pressure on communities that live there and contributes to the vulnerability of the global climate system. NUNATARYUK determines the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and develops targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Arctic coastal population.

NUNATARYUK brings together world-leading specialists in natural science and socio-economics to:

(1) develop quantitative understanding of the fluxes and fates of organic matter released from thawing coastal and subsea permafrost;

(2) assess what risks are posed by thawing coastal permafrost, to infrastructure, indigenous and local communities and people’s health, and from pollution;

(3) use this understanding to estimate the long-term impacts of permafrost thaw on global climate and the economy.

NUNATARYUK is guided by a Stakeholders’ Forum of representatives from Arctic coastal communities and indigenous societies, creating a legacy of collaborative community involvement and a mechanism for developing and applying innovative evidence-based interventions to enable the sustainable development of the Arctic.

To date, four deliverables have been published:

  • Map on the state of human health in Arctic coastal communities (D5.1);
  • Human health risk assessment of permafrost-thaw related release of contaminants and pollutants (D5.2);
  • Report on release of Anthrax from permafrost thaw and impacts in coastal communities (D5.3);
  • Report on impacts of permafrost thaw on mental health (D5.4).

Project information

Lead

Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Partners

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET, Sweden
STICHTING VU, Netherlands
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS, France
UNIVERSITE LAVAL, Canada
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV, Germany
OULUN YLIOPISTO, Finland
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET, Denmark
NORDREGIO, Sweden
STOFNUN VILHJALMS STEFANSSONAR, Iceland
UNIVERSITAT WIEN, Austria
B. GEOS GMBH, Austria
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE, Italy
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO, Norway
INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA, Portugal
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE, Austria
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG, Germany
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES, Belgium
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU, Norway
UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France
STIFTELSEN GRID ARENDAL, Norway
NORDURSLODAGATTIN EHF, Iceland
INFORMUS GMBH, Germany
ACRI-HE, France
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, France
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ, Germany
ARGANS LIMITED, United Kingdom

Source of funding

H2020-EU.3.2.5. - Cross-cutting marine and maritime research; H2020-EU.3.5.1. - Fighting and adapting to climate change

Published in Climate-ADAPT Mar 23 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2021

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