Tiksi, Sakha Republic, Federation of Russia

Tiksi is Russia’s northernmost town. As such, it will go through major transformations associated to climate change ranging from the melting of the permafrost to increased shipping due to increasing accessibility of the North-East Passage. Yet, since the end of the Soviet Union, Tiksi has been facing a dramatic reduction of its economic activity and population. It has since a very large part of its employment base, and many see its future as quite unpromising. As a study site, Tiksi brings lessons to be learned from a fragile community that will have nevertheless to adapt to climate change in quite radical ways due to its sensitivity to permafrost melting.

Tiksi, Photo courtesy of NASA