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Thawing permafrost in Arctic coastal communities : A framework for studying risks from climate change

Thawing permafrost in Arctic coastal communities : A framework for studying risks from climate change


Title: Thawing permafrost in Arctic coastal communities : A framework for studying risks from climate change
Author: Larsen, Joan Nymand
Schweitzer, Peter
Abass, Khaled
Doloisio, Natalia
Gartler, Susanna
Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas
Ingimundarson, Jón Haukur
Jungsberg, Leneisja
Meyer, Alexandra
Rautio, Arja
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Date: 2021-03
Language: English
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University/Institute: University of Akureyri
School: School of Humanities
Series: Sustainability; 13(5)
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052651
Subject: Loftslagsbreytingar; Sífreri; climate change; risks; permafrost; adaptation; Arctic; human exposure
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2866

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Larsen , J N , Schweitzer , P , Abass , K , Doloisio , N , Gartler , S , Ingeman-Nielsen , T , Ingimundarson , J H , Jungsberg , L , Meyer , A , Rautio , A , Scheer , J , Timlin , U , Vanderlinden , J-P & Vullierme , M 2021 , ' Thawing permafrost in Arctic coastal communities : A framework for studying risks from climate change ' , Sustainability , vol. 13 , no. 5 , 2651 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052651

Abstract:

Thawing permafrost creates risks to the environment, economy and culture in Arctic coastal communities. Identification of these risks and the inclusion of the societal context and the relevant stakeholder involvement is crucial in risk management and for future sustainability, yet the dual dimensions of risk and risk perception is often ignored in conceptual risk frameworks. In this paper we present a risk framework for Arctic coastal communities. Our framework builds on the notion of the dual dimensions of risk, as both physically and socially constructed, and it places risk perception and the coproduction of risk management with local stakeholders as central components into the model. Central to our framework is the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration. A conceptual model and processual framework with a description of successive steps is developed to facilitate the identification of risks of thawing permafrost in a collaboration between local communities and scientists. Our conceptual framework motivates coproduction of risk management with locals in the identification of these risks from permafrost thaw and the development of adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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