Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic

This project will engage an international network of scientists to develop an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index. The Arctic Urban Sustainability Index will be used to measure the effects of anthropogenic expansion, inform policy meant to mitigate these effects, and assess progress towards sustainable solutions in Arctic cities that are growing due to resource development projects. The Index will address a complex set of systems unique to the Arctic with numerous important variables, including thawing permafrost, a boom-bust economic cycle, and an influx of migrant workers with the resulting increase in social tensions.  By working with international partners, our researchers will gain crucial access to cities of the Arctic outside of the United States, building relationships with local policy-makers and populations, and acquiring data most easily obtained by local researchers.

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