When coastal permafrost thaws, it often sets off the soft soil, which collapses and runs into the nearshore ocean creating a 'thaw slump', a type of landslide. Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk), Yukon, Canada.
The Nunataryuk research project
aims to assess permafrost thaw along Arctic coastlines, study how it contributes to climate change, understand its impacts on indigenous communities and other people, and develop mitigation and adaptation strategies. The project brings together world-leading specialists in natural science and socio-economics and connects them with stakeholders from around the Arctic coast. Nunataryuk is an EU-funded Horizon 2020
project coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute
in Potsdam, Germany.
From album: Nunataryuk: Permafrost Coastlines