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This project will engage an international network of scientists to develop an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index. The Arctic Urban Sustainability Index will be used to measure the effects of anthropogenic expansion, inform policy meant to mitigate these effects, and assess progress towards sustainable solutions in Arctic cities that are growing due to resource development projects. The Index will address a complex set of systems unique to the Arctic with numerous important variables, including thawing permafrost, a boom-bust economic cycle, and an influx of migrant workers with the resulting increase in social tensions.  By working with international partners, our researchers will gain crucial access to cities of the Arctic outside of the United States, building relationships with local policy-makers and populations, and acquiring data most easily obtained by local researchers.

This website will be used as a portal to communicate about progress, ideas, and updates from our contributors and partners. We will regularly publish blog posts keeping users up to date on the latest developments in our widespread and diverse Arctic community.

For more information and inquiries please contact our Research Assistants.

Emily Zhang:

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Welcome to the website of Arctic PIRE: Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic! We are an NSF sponsored international research network based out of The George Washington University, in Washington DC. We hope to promote meaningful dialogue about Arctic urban sustainability issues among policymakers and the public, and also provide support and materials to educators wishing to promote education on these Arctic issues.

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF. 

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