The scope of this session is to explore Arctic coastal communities through natural, social and hybrid flows; these could be inward/outward, circumpolar, regional, and natural flows like water, ice, energy, animals and light. In this perspective, coasts and costal communities are transition places of natural, social, and hybrid flows. A popular saying goes: “what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic”. Arctic coastal communities are tied to the rest of the world through flows of people, ideas, food, energy, histories, money, ships, etc, tightly connected with sustainability. New flows (in generational time-scale) like sea-level rise (or land rise), permafrost melting, and changes in biological flows pose great challenges. Existing knowledge and practices related to living and adapting to new coastal flows are often not sufficient to adapt. Further, for some communities, flows like outward human migration and brain-drain exacerbate the adaption challenges. Transition to more sustainable communities is also made difficult because so many different flows are interconnected and locked together – food flows (especially imports) are necessary, but also cause climate change through global food production and transportation practices. Many flows that define Arctic coastal communities today are negative or unsustainable flows.

The session seeks to present work from the UArctic TN on Arctic coastal communities for sustainability and gather contributions for a new publication. Papers should explore how flows affect Arctic coastal communities with an emphasis on hybrid and circumpolar flows as well as how communities have fix-points and are anchored in these flows.