ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Knowledge Co-Production for Sustainability in Canadian Arctic Coastal Communities

Project Leader(s)

Bell, Trevor
Forbes, Donald

The goal of this project is to develop a network of community knowledge centres, accessible and relevant to northern residents, that supports monitoring and analysis of environmental and social conditions to meet information needs for local and regional planning, while addressing local priorities. As the Canadian component of a larger, circumpolar, coastal communities network (CACCON), this project will complement and enhance existing community- and regional-based initiatives, facilitating peer-to-peer communication and knowledge-sharing with partner centres around the Arctic. Specifically, the project will support key components of ongoing and future observing and change detection functions, including marine climate (winds, waves, sea ice), visibility (fog, blowing snow, smoke), coastal hazards (breakup and storm-surge flooding, shoreline erosion, ice pile-up, local tsunami risk), and landscape hazards (slope failure, active-layer deepening, excess ground ice and thaw consolidation), supported by digital imagery and mapping data. These initiatives address a broad range of challenges and information needs for transportation, built infrastructure, healthy homes, preservation of culturally important sites, safe sea-ice travel, and food security in northern coastal communities. Contributes to IRIS: 1, 2, 4