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Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise and Coastal Erosion in Northwest Alaska

A collaborative project with four Inupiaq Eskimo villages in northwest Alaska to assess regional vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal erosion. This study integrates participatory GIS mapping of key subsistence resources with geomorphological and hydrological analysis, with the aim of developing a new index of vulnerability, integrating physical parameters of risk with locally determined social, economic, and cultural valuations. A series of risk and vulnerability maps will be constructed to guide local decision-making and adaptation to climate change. 

Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation in Northwest Alaska (original scoping report)

Public Views of Climate Change in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska (public survey)

Gorokhovich, Y. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011) Historical and future coastal changes in Northwest Alaska. Journal of Coastal Research. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00031.1