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A risk analysis framework: Key risks from permafrost thaw in Arctic coastal areas

Susanna Gartler, Joan Nymand Larsen, Jon Haukur Ingimundarson, Peter Schweitzer, Olga Povoroznyuk, and Alexandra Meyer
Susanna Gartler et al.
  • University of Vienna, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna, Austria (

This paper presents the results from fieldwork conducted in three focal areas of the “Nunataryuk” EU H2020 permafrost project: the Nordic Area (Greenland and Svalbard), the Beaufort Sea Area in Canada (Northwest Territories/ Inuvialuit Settlement Region and Gwich’in First Nation Traditional Territory) and Northeastern Siberia in Russia. The paper analyzes the entanglement between social and environmental change and presents a risk analysis framework, including the interconnected geo-physical & socio-cultural risks, with the aim to improve adaptation and mitigation strategies of local communities. Guided by a mixed-methods approach, the research outcomes are the result of field-based research, including focus groups, qualitative interviews, participant observation, community workshops – as well as a quantitative survey in three settlements (Qeqertarsuaq in Greenland, Aklavik in Canada and Longyearbyen on Svalbard).

How to cite: Gartler, S., Larsen, J. N., Ingimundarson, J. H., Schweitzer, P., Povoroznyuk, O., and Meyer, A.: A risk analysis framework: Key risks from permafrost thaw in Arctic coastal areas, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-7937,, 2022.


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