2023 Arctic Coasts Workshop Report: Changes, Impacts, and Solutions - Working Towards a Resilient Future
Ming Xiao

The Arctic Coasts Workshop was held on October 9 to 11, 2023 at the University of Colorado Boulder. 64 in-person and 4 on-line participants attended the workshop. The goal of the workshop was to bring together a dynamic group of experts to exchange knowledge regarding coastal hazards and impacts, strengthen and expand partnerships, and develop actionable and immediate recommendation for Arctic research and community resilience.

Integrating Indigenous Knowledge to Co-Design more Effective Operations, Maintenance, and Management of Water Infrastructure in the Arctic
Michaela LaPatin, Nikki Ritsch, Miriam Tariq, Daniel Armanios, Suzanne Pierce, Lynn Katz, Leif Albertson, Lissa Pearson, Kasey Faust

Rural Alaskan communities experience significant challenges in developing and operating water and sewer infrastructure systems. Their remote location, freezing temperatures, and regulatory hurdles often inhibit their ability to provide adequate water services. Moreover, engineered water systems are sometimes designed without using local knowledge and experience. Finally, training and certification requirements are often unreasonable and not suited to the local population, creating a gap in the local workforce.

Balancing Wildfire Risks and Power Outages due to Proactive Public Power Safety De-Energizations
Jinshun Su, Payman Dehghanian, Miguel A. Lejeune

Faults on overhead power line infrastructures in electric power distribution systems (DS) can potentially ignite catastrophic wildfires, especially in areas exposed to high wind regimes, low humidity and dense vegetation. The common practice adopted by electric utilities to build resilience against such electrically-induced wildfires is called public-safety power-shutoff (PSPS): strategies to intentionally and proactively de-energize power line infrastructures to prevent wildfire risks.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024
Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference

The purpose of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is engagement with stakeholders: local governments, businesses, associations, membership organizations, tribes, and State and Federal agencies to implement the collective best practices for the improvement of the regional economy. The CEDS is to be an evolving, guiding document for SWAMC, providing direction that supports economic development in the region backed by quantifiable data and the insight of our leadership.

Environmental Impact Assessment Workshop Report
Gwich'in Council International

The goals of the Workshop were threefold: (1) to share information gathered through the Arctic Council project with the communities; (2) gain insights that can be shared with the Arctic Council project on best practices emanating from the Gwich’in Settlement Area; and (3) provide an opportunity to build capacity and facilitate discussions amongst those involved in Environmental Impact Assessments.