AURA: Arctic Urban Risks and Adaptations

The NSF-NNA sponsored activity focused on developing a co-production framework for addressing multiple changing environmental hazards.


  1. Work with communities to assess wildfire, permafrost, and rain-in-winter hazards and risks as they have changed since 1980 and are projected to change over the next four decades.
  2. Estimate the public and private costs associated with these hazards and actions taken to mitigate or adapt to them.
  3. Work with government employees, NGOs, and tribal entities to learn how communities are adapting to and mitigating these changing hazards, how the hazards may interact with each other to cause cumulative effects, and co-develop a vision for improving future adaptation.


What are Scenarios? 

Scenarios investigate possible futures with each scenario-based on assumptions of possible change.  The figure below helps show how scenarios can create a distribution of possible futures.  The darker colors highlight the potential expanse identified by participants.

Scenario Process

Why do scenarios?

In the process participants can become more aware of uncertainties and in the process of identifying potential futures begin to make adaptive plans.


For more about the scenario process please visit our scenario section.

Project News

15 March 2023

Did you know permafrost in Anchorage is a thing!

Researchers on the AURA project are eager to learn more about permafrost in Anchorage.

For questions, comments, or more information email Dmitry Nicolsky:

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