Arctic Coastal Retreat in a Warming Climate


Dr. Cameron Wobus accepts the 2009 Excellence in Partnering Award from Mr. Paul Gaffney

Toward a Predictive Model of Arctic Coastal Retreat in a Warming Climate, Beaufort Sea, Alaska 

Lead PI: Dr. Cameron Wobus, University of Colorado

The long-term goal of this project is to understand the environmental drivers of extremely rapid coastal erosion in the Arctic, so that we can predict how present and future climate change might influence coastal erosion. The project team monitored erosion processes using time-lapse photography, by collecting meteorological and oceanographic data from sites along the coast, and by analyzing climactic and geographic data from the past few decades to identify trends in coastline position through time.