Impacts of Changing Permafrost on Existing and Future Infrastructure

Funded Title: 
Use of the AIEM Permafrost Module Output to Assess the Permafrost Changes in the 21st Century and their Impact on Existing and Future Infrastructure in the Alaskan Arctic
Location: 
Northern Alaska
Duration: 
October 1, 2014 to September 1, 2016

The permafrost module of the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) will be used to establish several high spatial resolution (1km x 1km) and very high resolution (30m x 30m) scenarios of changes in permafrost characteristics in the Alaskan Arctic in response to projected climate change and northern infrastructure development. Impact of these changes in permafrost on northern Alaskan ecosystems and infrastructure will be assessed and regional maps of the possible impacts will be developed.