Session 3 – Arctic Coasts in Transition

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The pan-Arctic coast is undergoing dramatic interrelated physical, biogeochemical, ecological and socio-economic changes. Climate change-related factors such as increasing air temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, declining sea ice, melting glaciers, permafrost thaw, coastal erosion and increased frequency of extreme weather events are accelerating the reshaping of Arctic coastlines, and leading to strong changes in fluxes of freshwater and terrestrial material from land to sea. These rapid changes are occurring alongside changes in human activity and land-use along the Arctic coast (e.g. increased tourism, industrial development), transforming coastal ecosystems and creating significant challenges, but also new opportunities, for local communities.

This session aims to connect researchers, indigenous partners and community members who are studying, predicting, modelling and living with these dramatic coastal and nearshore changes across the Arctic. This session will foster knowledge exchange and dialogue on how best to mitigate and adapt to ongoing changes and will help to identify research priorities that encourage the joint production of knowledge to support local efforts to mitigate losses, capitalize on new opportunities, and build resilient communities.

We envision a highly interdisciplinary session, including perspectives from across the Arctic, and welcome contributions on topics including, but not limited to:

  • environmental and societal drivers of Arctic coastal change;
  • physical change of Arctic coasts–coastal dynamics and rates of change;
  • impacts on coastal ecosystems and local Arctic communities;
  • supporting sustainable planning, management, mitigation and adaptation measures for an Arctic coast in transition.

The session committee considers arranging a special issue or collection of articles in one of the thematic high-impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Frontiers in Marine Science) in conjunction with the session. It will be possible to indicate whether presenters are interested in contributing to the special issue during the abstract submission process. More information about the special issue will be available after the abstract submission deadline in September 2021.

In association with the Arctic Coasts in Transition session, we are planning a small workshop focusing on finding opportunities for building closer collaboration and knowledge exchange between researchers working on similar topics across the pan-Arctic coast. The workshop tentatively titled “Building a tool-box for coordination and synthesis of pan-Arctic coastal research” will include short presentations outlining concrete initiatives for comparative studies and/or coordinated distributed experiments, as well as broader discussions about challenges and opportunities for pan-Arctic coastal research.


Session committee

Amanda Poste | Norwegian Institute for Water Research & UiT–The Arctic University of Norway (Lead)

Hugues Lantuit | Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research & University of Potsdam, Germany (Co-lead)

Janne Søreide | University Centre in Svalbard, Norway (Co-lead)

Ken Dunton | University of Texas Marine Sciences Institute, USA

Grete Hovelsrud | Nordland Research Institute, Norway

Gestur Hovgaard | Grønlands Universitet, Greenland

Maria Jensen | University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Gleb Kraev | Yamal-Nenets Center of Arctic Research, Russia

Alexandra Meyer | University of Vienna, Austria

Maeve McGovern | Norwegian Institute for Water Research & UiT–The Arctic University of Norway

Joan Nymand Larsen | University of Akureyri, Iceland

Paul Renaud | Akvaplan-niva, Norway


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