Permafrost Change: What It Means to Alaskans and How We Can Adapt

Permafrost Change: What It Means to Alaskans and How We Can Adapt

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Alaska's permafrost is starting to thaw, which could result in big changes for the state and its people. Thawing permafrost affects vegetation, water supplies, transportation, infrastructure, and even human health. As it thaws, cavernous pits develop when water that was previously frozen drains from the soil. To adapt, Alaskans may have to reroute transportation corridors to avoid permafrost. Communities should begin meeting, to talk about changes and how to address them.

For more information, please visit the Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Alaska website.

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