WP1 - Terrestrial Permafrost

Terrestrial permafrost is any earth material that exists at or below 0° C continuously for at least two consecutive years.

WP2 - Coastal Permafrost

Coastal permafrost represents the transition zone between Arctic landmasses and a highly-seasonal and vulnerable coastal ecosystem.

WP3 - Subsea Permafrost

Subsea permafrost is the continuously frozen ground beneath the seabed.

WP4 - Coastal Waters

Coastal waters represent the near-shore Arctic Ocean areas, that are supplied with the organic matter and carbon discharge from coastal and riverine permafrost areas.

WP5 - Health and Pollution

Permafrost thaw impacts human health in various ways. Through the release of contaminants and infections, through impacts on food and water security and via socio-economic repercussions.

WP6 - Coastal Infrastructure

Most human infrastructure in the Arctic coast is built on permafrost. Permafrost thaw poses a risk to the existing infrastructure and must be taken into account in planning future constructions in the area.

WP7 - Natural Resources, Economy and Coastal Community Planning

Ecosystem services will be affected by permafrost thaw. The quantity of the impact and the way the communities perceive the change are central to efficient natural resource management.

WP8 - Modelling

The Earth System Models play a significant role in predicting future climate change. Permafrost thaw is one of the processes that is currently still largely missing in the ESM framework.

WP9 - Adaptation and Mitigation

Analysis of the risks and challenges of permafrost thaw to Earth’s climate and the vulnerable coastal communities is essential in planning future adaptation strategies.

WP10 - Management

The coordination and data management of the Nunataryuk project together with the communication and dissemination activities.