Most human activity in the Arctic takes place along permafrost coasts and these coasts have become one of the most dynamic ecosystems on Earth. Permafrost thaw is exposing these coasts to rapid change, change that threatens the rich biodiversity, puts pressure on communities and contributes to the vulnerability of the global climate system. NUNATARYUK will determine the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and will develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Arctic coastal population.

NUNATARYUK brings together world-leading specialists in natural science and socio-economics to:

  1. develop quantitative understanding of the fluxes and fates of organic matter released from thawing coastal and subsea permafrost;
  2. assess what risks are posed by thawing coastal permafrost, to infrastructure, indigenous and local communities and people’s health, and from pollution;
  3. use this understanding to estimate the long-term impacts of permafrost thaw on global climate and the economy.

NUNATARYUK is guided by a Stakeholders’ Forum of representatives from Arctic coastal communities and indigenous societies, creating a legacy of collaborative community involvement and a mechanism for developing and applying innovative evidence-based interventions to enable the sustainable development of the Arctic.

Visit the official project website: Nunataryuk


Work package on Coastal Infrastructure

DTU Civil Engineering contributes to the Nunataryuk work package on coastal infrastructure, with the aim to assess the impacts of permafrost thaw on coastal Arctic infrastructures and to provide a risk evaluation framework to facilitate the development of adaptation and mitigation solutions for permafrost thaw. We seek to:

  • quantify the impacts of permafrost thaw by means of local site investigations, remote sensing technologies and local to regional scale modelling,
  • provide a technical basis to build decision support tools for local communities based on advanced multi-disciplinary hazard and risk evaluation frame works.


Duration of the project


Participating DTU departments

  • DTU Aqua
  • DTU Civil Engineering

Project partners

See the full list of project partners here.

More information


Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen
DTU Sustain
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Sona Tomaškovicová
DTU Sustain
45 25 50 98


Marco Marcer
DTU Sustain