Coastal Resilience Collaboration Team

Strengthening coastal community resilience and advancing stewardship of coastal natural and cultural resources by engaging in research related to the interconnections of people, natural, and built environments.

Scope of activities

The Coastal Resilience Community of Practice was created under the Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 to strengthen coastal community resilience and advance stewardship of coastal natural and cultural resources by engaging in research related to the interconnections of people and natural and built environments. It continues to meet and contribute to the goals and objectives of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026.

Team leaders

Thomas Ravens
Arctic Coastal Risk Network (Website)

Christina Bonsell

Tahzay Jones
National Park Service

Elizabeth Walsh
University of Cambridge

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan


Under the 2017-2021 Arctic Research Plan, the Coastal Resilience Community of Practice:

  • Actively sought out perspectives and efforts of coastal community members in research and cooperative opportunities with others, and sponsored conversations on how to best encourage and strengthen conversations and collaborations between researchers and coastal community members.
  • Hosted conversations and updates on the successes of Tribal and collaborative efforts on the topic of supporting community-based monitoring.
  • Shared information about economic development research for the sustainable development of resilient communities.
  • Held discussions with community based researchers and federal agency representatives on efforts to identify and document archaeological sites at risk to coastal change. Agencies also supported research that addressed submerged human habitation sites, archaeological research, and the rescue of vulnerable sites at risk from coastal erosion.
  • Gathered and shared information regarding efforts to document and forecast changes in storm surge across coastal Alaska.
  • Supported research and information sharing on trends, processes, and feedback loops affecting the distribution, abundance, and ecology of coastal species in relation to food security, biodiversity, and ecosystems.
  • Supported agency efforts to develop ecological modeling and informatics tools to understand issues related to the coastal Arctic.
  • Supported agency efforts to develop models to understand factors contributing to the future persistence of polar bear and walrus populations in the Alaska Arctic.
  • Shared information about collaborative efforts of coastal community observers and researchers to document and understand mortalities of wildlife in marine and coastal areas of Alaska.
  • Worked with other IARPC Collaborations teams to share examples of research informing changes in wildlife hunt, harvest, and conservation management.
  • Highlighted new research, monitoring, and tool development on shoreline change and sea level rise across coastal Alaska.
  • Highlighted collaborations among federal agencies and universities regarding the role of hydrology on permafrost dynamics and research into subsequent ecosystem responses to thawing permafrost.
  • Shared information about integrating baseline geospatial datasets in coastal areas to support research and predictive capabilities across the coastal interface.
  • Highlighted new sensor technology developments by several entities, including cameras installed in coastal areas of coastal areas to monitor erosion and ice detection buoy systems and the pilot study by AOOS and collaborators on ultrasonic gages deployed in Alaska communities to monitor storm surge and flood forecasting.
  • Highlighted research and development on modeled tide predictions for the U.S. Arctic.

For a full summary of the Coastal Resilience Community of Practice’s accomplishments under the 2017-2021 Arctic Research Plan, see the 2021 Performance Element Summary Statements.