Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Network to Identify Challenges of and Solutions to Permafrost Coastal Erosion and Its Socioecological Impacts in the Arctic

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Overview

Project Abstract

PCE LogoThe Permafrost Coastal Erosion-RCN (PCE-RCN) will bring together leaders in fields of natural and social science and engineering to address the challenges faced by coastal communities in the Arctic due to rapid coastal erosion. Rapid coastal erosion can force communities to consider moving inland and limit access to resources. One goal of the proposed PCE-RCN will be to better understand the challenges associated with coastal erosion, which is driven by permafrost thaw and changing sea ice conditions. Another goal is to identify potential solutions and their socio-ecological impacts. These goals will be addressed through a series of international workshops, publications and direct interaction with local media. Engagement with regional and local resource managers and communities will be incorporated throughout many of the activities of the PCE-RCN. This project promotes convergence by focusing on a topic of high societal concern, coastal erosion in the Arctic, and by approaching this topic in a manner that will integrate diverse fields, including social science and natural science disciplines (coastal geophysics, soil physics, climate modelling, and atmospheric science) and disciplines in civil and environmental engineering.

The proposed Permafrost Coastal Erosion-RCN (PCE-RCN) will bring together national and international leaders in the diverse scientific and engineering disciplines needed to address the pressing societal issue of rapid coastal erosion. Rapid coastal erosion is underway throughout the Arctic, and is impacting coastal communities in profound ways, including displacement and loss of livelihood. The goal of the proposed PCE-RCN will be to further resolve through synthesis activities how coastal erosion is driven by permafrost thaw and changing sea ice conditions and to identify potential solutions and their socio-ecological impacts. These goals will be addressed through a series of workshops and meetings with researchers, local community members, industry partners, and government agencies, two special issues in journal publications, and other outlets. Engagement with regional and local resource managers and communities will be incorporated throughout many of the activities of the PCE-RCN.

Logistics Summary

The goal of this project is to establish a transdisciplinary Permafrost Coastal Erosion Research Coordination Network (PCE-RCN) to identify challenges of and solutions to Arctic permafrost coastal erosion as well as its socioecological impacts by converging civil and coastal engineering, social sciences, and permafrost and climate sciences. Beginning in the summer of 2018, this four-year project will hold annual meetings/workshops to bring additional researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and Alaskan local community representatives to the RCN, so that the challenges can be better understood and appropriately addressed in a broad scheme. No fieldwork is associated with this project.

Keywords

Permafrost Coastal Erosion, Research Coordination Network, PCE-RCN

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Members

Principal Investigator

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Ming Xiao

Pennsylvania State University

Xiao - link to SAM contact for fixing fields.

Co-Principal Investigator

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Vladimir Romanovsky

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Romanovsky - link to SAM contact for fixing fields.

Co-Principal Investigator

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Benjamin Jones

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jones - link to SAM contact for fixing fields.

Co-Principal Investigator

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Guangqing Chi

Pennsylvania State University

Chi - link to SAM contact for fixing fields.

Co-Principal Investigator

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Kathy Halvorsen

Michigan Technological University

Halvorsen - link to SAM contact for fixing fields.
Resources

April 2020 Project Lightning Talk Video for Award 1745369

A Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) project update video for award 1745369 produced for the April 2020 virtual NNA Investigators meeting. The video is narrated by Dr. Ming Xiao (Pennsylvania State University).

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Navigating the New Arctic
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video

Dates

1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

Location

Fairbanks, AK; Anchorage, AK

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Program

Award Year: 2017