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28) Mobility in the Changing Arctic: Quantitative Methods to Assess Climate and Socioeconomic Impacts on Arctic Transportation Systems

Presentation Date
Monday, August 21, 2023 at 12:00pm - Monday, August 21, 2023 at 3:00pm



Mobility in the Changing Arctic thumbnail imageRapid climate and socioeconomic changes are transforming Arctic human–Earth systems. An integral part of these systems is mobility, which encompasses the transport of humans and goods into, out of, and between Arctic regions. Impacts of climate and socioeconomic drivers on Arctic mobility are heterogenous. Methodologies are needed to quantify these impacts in measures that can be linked with broader socioeconomic systems. This analysis reviews existing methods and organizes them into a conceptual framework to understand trends and gaps in the literature. We find methods quantifying impacts of a range of climate drivers on most transportation modes present in the Arctic, but few methods focused on socioeconomic drivers. In addition, underrepresented are methods explicitly considering adaptive capacity of transportation systems. We provide insight into the data and relationships relevant to understanding impacts of Arctic change on transportation systems, laying a foundation for future work that investigates how these impacts fit into broader human–Earth systems.

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