Mixed Methods Assessment of Future Arctic Climate Change on Infrastructure Stability

Authors: Luis Suter*, George Washington University
Topics: Polar Regions, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Arctic, Sustainability, Climate-Change, Infrastructure
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Balcony N, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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This paper qualitatively assess the impacts on future climate change on infrastructure in the Arctic. It uses six global climate models to quantify circumpolar changes in environmental variables that are important to infrastructure stability, and identifies areas of high risk of infrastructure impact. Within the regions where development has been most intense, Russia and Alaska, the economic impacts of addressing these changes are quantified. Qualitative context is provided through the case study of two Russian cities, to discuss the impacts of these changes on peoples lives as well as the linkages between climate-change, infrastructure, stability, and socio-economic variables of sustainability.

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