Most human activity in the Arctic takes place along permafrost coasts and these coasts have become one of the most dynamic ecosystems on Earth. NUNATARYUK will determine the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and will develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Arctic coastal population.


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Funded by

Horizon 2020

Funding amount

1 500 000 EUR

Project coordinator

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

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Project description

NUNATARYUK brings together world-leading specialists in natural science and socio-economics to:

  1. develop quantitative understanding of the fluxes and fates of organic matter released from thawing coastal and subsea permafrost
  2. assess what risks are posed by thawing coastal permafrost, to infrastructure, Indigenous and local communities and people’s health and well-being
  3. use this understanding to estimate the long-term impacts of permafrost thaw on global climate and the economy

NUNATARYUK will be guided by a Stakeholders’ Forum of representatives from Arctic coastal communities and Indigenous societies, creating a legacy of collaborative community involvement and a mechanism for developing and applying innovative evidence-based interventions to enable the sustainable development of the Arctic. Prof. Arja Rautio is leader of the WP5 Health and Pollution.

University of Oulu staff involved in the project:

Lead of WP5

Prof. Arja Rautio

Toxicologist in WP5
Dr.Khaled Abass

Postdoctoral researcher in WP5
Dr. Ulla Timlin

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