8.1 Engage coastal communities in research and advance knowledge on cultural, safety, and infrastructure issues for coastal communities.

More information is needed to develop the strategies necessary for coastal communities to adapt to environmental, social, and economic changes in the coming years and decades. The majority of people in the U.S. Arctic live in coastal areas where resources traditionally have been available throughout the seasons; as a result, planning and providing research findings on the sustainable economic development of coastal areas in a time of rapid change is an area of crucial focus. When engaging in research in Arctic coastal areas, it is informative, productive, and respectful to work with community members, IK holders, and LK holders, throughout the project—i.e., from project conception to communication of results. Coastal areas are also poised to participate in community-based monitoring programs that enable people to report changes and other information to researchers and to participate in research about the places where they live. Further, due to rapidly changing climate, physical, and biotic systems in Arctic coastal areas, efforts to document cultural artifacts and create tools to assist with modeling for planning, protect-in-place strategies, and emergency response become crucial activities that must be addressed in a timely fashion.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 8.1.1 Engage coastal community members in research by seeking cooperative opportunities between community members, IK holders, and/or LK holders, and researchers in knowledge co-production research processes. Employ IK and/or LK to jointly conceive of and plan research activities and to report research results back to communities.
  • 8.1.2 Engage coastal community members in research by supporting community-based monitoring focused on measuring physical and biotic information by strengthening initiatives led by groups such as the Arctic-focused LCCs, BOEM, NOAA, and FWS.
  • 8.1.3 Support economic development research for the sustainable development of resilient communities. For example, create comprehensive economic planning strategies by DOC Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning grantees in Alaska coastal communities.
  • 8.1.4 Investigate and protect cultural resources through research to identify and document archaeological sites in high-risk, rapidly eroding Arctic coastal areas.
  • 8.1.5 Advance the understanding of storm surge and saline inundation impacts on infrastructure and human safety. Multiagency partners include the Alaska Department of Geological and Geophysical Surveys and the ACCER.

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