Coastal permafrost erosion

Arctic Report Card
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• Since the early 2000s, erosion of permafrost coasts in the Arctic has increased at 13 of 14 sites with observational data that extend back to ca. 1960 and ca. 1980, coinciding with warming temperatures, sea ice reduction, and permafrost thaw.
• Permafrost coasts along the US and Canadian Beaufort Sea experienced the largest increase in erosion rates in the Arctic, ranging from +80 to +160%, when comparing average rates from the last two decades of the 20th century with the first two decades of the 21st century.
• The initiation of several national and international research networks in recent years has enabled closer coordination and collaboration of measurements and a better understanding of pan-Arctic permafrost coastal dynamics.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Coastal permafrost erosion
Series title Arctic Report Card
DOI 10.25923/e47w-dw52
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher NOAA
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 10 p.
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