Changes in Arctic systems have increased the vulnerability of permafrost coastal regions to
rapid environmental changes. These changes are impacting coastal morphologies, terrestrial and
offshore processes and ecosystems, biogeochemical cycling, infrastructure, cultural heritage
sites, community well-being, and human subsistence lifestyles.
This Rapid Response Assessment (RRA) aims to raise awareness about the importance of coastal and offshore permafrost by reviewing the state of knowledge about this environment, assessing the challenges faced by Arctic peoples living on the coast and providing recommendations on future research priorities.
Two main story maps summarize the science, issues of concern identified by Arctic peoples, and policy considerations. We have also created a community space as a crowdsource storymap where people can share their observations and experiences about coastal permafrost issues.