Navigating the New Arctic: Landscape Evolution and Adapting to Change in Ice-rich Permafrost Systems

The widespread thawing of ice-rich permafrost affects the entire Arctic ecosystem, making the ground unstable to build on and putting communities and infrastructure at risk. This National Science Foundation Navigating the New Arctic project seeks to increase our understanding of ice-rich permafrost systems (IRPS) and their intricate connection to the human, built and natural environments in Alaska and across the Arctic. From study sites in Prudhoe Bay and Point Lay, Alaska, the project will address questions of landscape evolution and adapting to change in ice-rich permafrost systems through the following activities.

Landscape Evolution: How do changes in climate, snow, water, disturbance, and time influence the thawing or stabilization of ground ice?

Adapting to Change: How can Arctic communities plan for and adapt to changes in these evolving permafrost landscapes?


Publications & Outreach

Video: Stuyding Permafrost in Point Lay (Produced by Cold Climate Housing Research Center)

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Goals and Accomplishments: 2020 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation

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Video: Thawing permafrost: What will happen when ground ice melts? (Produced by Benjamin Jones)

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Get In Touch

The Alaska Geobotany Center is located on the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Our office is located in room 252, on the second floor of the Arctic Health Research Building.

  • Address

    Institute of Arctic Biology
    311 Irving
    P.O. Box 757000
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    United States
  • Phone

    907 / 474-2459
  • Email

    Email AGC