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Arctic Issues

The Nordic Arctic area shares a number of common features, such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity and abundant natural resources. It is also an area of increasing international attention, due to the effects of climate change as well as expectations about future exploitation of raw materials and the opening of new sea routes. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to the Arctic region.

Nunataryuk - permafrost thaw and changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation

A main goal of Nunataryuk is to determine the impacts of thawing land, coast and subseapermafrost on the global climate and on humans in the Arctic and to develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies. Find out more about Nunataryuk.


REGINA aims to reduce the vulnerability and increase the preparedness of small communities in remote and sparsely populated areas of the Nordic Arctic and Scotland towards the development – or closing-down – of large-scale, resource-based industries. Find out more about REGINA.

ASUS Arctic Sustainability

This project brings together an international team of experts from seven Arctic countries to develop an interdisciplinary synthesis and assess the state of knowledge about Arctic sustainability and sustainable development. Find out more about ASUS.

Nordic Working Group for Sustainable Regional Development in the Arctic 

The purpose of the project is to assess opportunities and challenges for sustainable regional development in the Nordic Arctic and to identify future development perspectives. Find out more about the working group for Sustainable Regional Development in the Arctic.