New international report on the state of the Arctic coast available online

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New international report on the state of the Arctic coast available online

New international report on the state of the circumpolar Arctic coast:
State of the Arctic Coast 2010 – Scientific Review and Outlook

The coast is a key interface in the Arctic environment. It is a locus of
human activity, a rich band of biodiversity, critical habitat, and high
productivity, and among the most dynamic components of the circumpolar
landscape. The Arctic coastal interface is a sensitive and important
zone of interaction between land and sea, a region that provides
essential ecosystem services and supports indigenous human lifestyles; a
zone of expanding infrastructure investment and growing security
concerns; and an area in which climate warming is expected to trigger
landscape instability, rapid responses to change, and increased hazard
exposure. The circumpolar Arctic coast is arguably one of the most
critical zones in terms of the rapidity and the severity of
environmental change and the implications for human communities
dependent on coastal resources.

We are pleased to announce the official release of the international
report on the State of the Arctic Coast 2010 – Scientific Review and
Outlook, sponsored by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC),
the international Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
Project, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), and the
International Permafrost Association (IPA). A collaborative effort by 47
lead and contributing authors from 10 nations including all those
bordering the Arctic coast and others with Arctic interests, this report
grew from a recommendation by the Workshop on Arctic Coastal Zones at
Risk, convened in Tromsø, Norway, in October 2007. The report was
peer-reviewed and released in draft form for open public review in 2010.

The report is available for viewing and download at
and is published by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, LOICZ
International Project Office, at the Institute of Coastal Research,
Geesthacht, Germany.


Dr. Hugues Lantuit
International Permafrost Association Secretariat
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
Potsdam 14473

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