Project Publications

Developing Metrics to Guide Sustainable Development of Arctic Cities: Progress & Challenges

By: Luis J. Suter, Carrie Schaffner, Carlson Giddings, Robert Orttung & Dmitry Streletskiy

Fall 2017 – This article, published in the Arctic Yearbook 2017, lays out the research framework for measuring urban sustainability in the Arctic region, addresses the challenges in quantifying sustainability within an easy-to-use index, and shows best practices for making this data and analysis accessible to policymakers and the public.

Digital Environmental Storytelling Connecting to the Arctic: #60Above60 Pilot

By: Laura C. Engel, Mary E. Short, Sarah E. Jennings, Robert W. Orttung & Luis J. Suter

Fall 2017 –  This article, published in the Arctic Yearbook 2017, focuses on the design of an environmental digital storytelling pilot project, called #60above60. The major component of #60above60 involves the digital exchanges of teacher and student-led 60-second videos between classrooms in the DC metropolitan area and Arctic urban communities. Through these exchanges, the aim is for students to share urban life perspectives across the 60-degree parallel, which is how this project defines “Arctic”.

Urban Sustainability in the Arctic. Visions, Contexts, Challenges (Washington DC: IERES)

Edited by: Marlene Laruelle and Robert Orttung

Summer 2017 – Proceedings of 4 NSF-funded conferences in Washington DC, St Petersburg and Murmansk

Conquering the permafrost: urban infrastructure development in Norilsk, Russia

By: Nikolay I. Shiklomanov, Dmitry A. Streletskiy, Valery I. Grebenets, Luis Suter

Spring 2017 – This paper discusses the role of permafrost in the urban development of Norilsk, specific human- and climate-induced geotechnical problems related to permafrost, and innovative economically viable solutions to maintain city infrastructure. The analysis of Norilsk’s experiences with permafrost can potentially contribute to the development of sustainable practices for Arctic urbanization.

Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change 

Edited by Robert W. Orttung

Winter 2016 – Urban areas in Arctic Russia are experiencing unprecedented social and ecological change. This collection outlines the key challenges that city managers will face in navigating this shifting political, economic, social, and environmental terrain. In particular, the volume examines how energy production drives a boom-bust cycle in the Arctic economy, explores how migrants from Muslim cultures are reshaping the social fabric of northern cities, and provides a detailed analysis of climate change and its impact on urban and industrial infrastructure.

Climate Change and Stability of Urban Infrastructure in Russian Permafrost Regions: Prognostic Assessment based on GCM Climate Projections

By: Nikolay I. Shiklomanov, Dmitry A. Streletskiy, Timothy B. Swales, Vasily A. Kokorev

Fall 2016 – One of the most significant climate change impacts on arctic urban landscapes is the warming and degradation of permafrost, which negatively affects the structural integrity of infrastructure. This paper estimates potential changes in stability of Russian urban infrastructure built on permafrost in response to the projected climatic changes provided by six preselected General Circulation Models (GCMs) participated in the most recent Climate Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP5).

Building an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index: A Reference to Aid in the Selection of Indicators

By Luis Suter and Robert Orttung

Summer 2016 – This paper provides guidance for Arctic PIRE participants on how to construct an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index (AUSI). It reviews several earlier projects and defines guidelines for moving forward.