Site: Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

Two Inupiat BLE LTER students stand at the base of an eroding shoreline on Barter Island
Credit: BLE LTER

Consistent with reports from other regions of the Arctic and the Beaufort Sea Coast, coastal erosion rates appear to have increased along the shores of Elson Lagoon near Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) over the last half century. Areas with historically low erosion rates are changing faster, but rates do not exceed those of areas with historically high erosion.