Russian scientists will analyze the processes leading to the destruction of the Arctic coast
A team of scientists from the Laboratory of Geoecology of the North, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University (MSU) will carry out the most complete analysis of the process of sea shore destruction in the Arctic, as well as the impact of climate and technogenic changes. The data collected will improve safety during the coast infrastructure creation, says an article published in the official bulletin of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences journal on Monday.
Within the framework of the project, the researchers will carry out modelling of the coastal destruction process for various scenarios of climate change and ice cover in the Arctic basin. They will also assess the impact of the technogenic factor. “Construction of engineering structures in the coastal zone of the Arctic seas often leads to irreversible consequences for the environment: violation of thermal and lithodynamic regimes triggers the mechanism of coastal destruction and promotes the development of thermal abrasion”, says the publication.
As a result, the researchers will be able to understand where, why and at what rate the shores are retreating in the Arctic, which of the areas will be the most dangerous in the future and how will the Arctic Ocean coast look like in a few decades, the article says.