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

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

Objective

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 will determine the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and will develop 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 will be 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.
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Coordinator

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Address

Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 166 312,50

Participants (27)

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STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 091 512,50

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 547 406,25

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 753 590

Universite Laval

Canada

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 551 700

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 563 637,50

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 523 092,50

NORDREGIO

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 678 625

STOFNUN VILHJALMS STEFANSSONAR

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 564 650

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 699 247,50

B. GEOS GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 238 785

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 337 187,50

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 202 836,25

INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DELISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 229 668,75

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 168 762,50

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 184 995

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 201 625

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 568 992,50

UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES.

France

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

STIFTELSEN GRID ARENDAL

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 322 500

NORDURSLODAGATTIN EHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 273 750

INFORMUS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 69 766,25

ACRI-HE

France

EU Contribution

€ 2 987,56

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

SORBONNE UNIVERSITE

France

EU Contribution

€ 114 637,50

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 84 777,50

ARGANS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 76 272,44

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773421

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.5.

H2020-EU.3.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 467 317,50

  • EU contribution

    € 11 467 317,50

Coordinated by:

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany