Arctic Circum-polar Coastal Observatory Network
Human habitation, migration and resource use in the north occurs mostly along the Arctic coastline. This environment is sensitive to changing sea level, sea ice and air and ground temperature changes. Resource access and availability are directly impacted by these changes as well. Researchers from 7 countries are working along the entire circumpolar Arctic coastline to establish a network of observatories to monitor changes in the Arctic coastal zone. This includes monitoring changes in coastal erosion, sea ice cover, wave action and the temperature and response of the permafrost. ACCO-Net efforts during IPY create a baseline for future coastal monitoring.