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Special Issue "Monitoring Arctic Sustainability: Methods, Indicators, Monitoring Systems and Extremes". 

Special Issue Editors Guest Editor 
Prof. Dr. Andrey N Petrov
Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) and Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa
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Guest Editor 
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova
Institute of Geography, Staromonetniy pereulok 29, Moscow 119017, Russia
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Interests: arctic sustainability, Arctic communities, sustainability indicators, benefit sharing, corporate social responsibility, extractive industries, indigenous peoples, governance of natural resources
Special Issue InformationDear Colleagues,The Arctic is among the world’s regions most affected by ongoing and increasing cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, and climatic changes. In this context, the sustainability of Arctic social–ecological systems has become a point of increased interest and attention among scholars. This Special Issue focuses on conceptual and practical approaches, methodologies, and experiences in defining, measuring, and monitoring sustainability in the Arctic regions and communities. The papers will deal with qualitative and quantitative measurement systems, indicators, observing networks, and other monitoring options devoted to tracing sustainability as both a process and outcome. Monitoring could focus on natural, economic, social, or cultural aspects of social–ecological systems with the aim to assessing the vulnerability, resilience, adaptive capacity, and overall sustainability of these systems. The development of such monitoring frameworks is especially relevant as Arctic communities embark on implementing sustainability-driven projects, including the application of the UN SDGs, the development of climate change adaptation and community resilience strategies, ecosystem stewardship principles, etc. By directing attention to sustainability monitoring, the issue will expand the knowledge base on sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic, as well as indicators and best practices of sustainable development.

  1. Petrov, A.N.; BurnSilver, S.; Chapin III, F.S.; Fondahl, G.; Graybill, J.K.; Keil, K.; Nilsson, A.E.; Riedlsperger, R.; Schweitzer, P. Arctic Sustainability Research: Past, Present and Future; Taylor & Francis Group Ltd: Oxford, OX14 4RN, UK, 2017.
  2. Chapin III, F.S.; Carpenter, S.R.; Kofinas, G.P.; Folke, C.; Abel, N.; Clark, W.C.; Olsson, P.; Smith, D.M.S.; Walker, B.; Young, O.R.; Berkes, F. Ecosystem stewardship: sustainability strategies for a rapidly changing planet. Trends Ecol. Evol. 2010, 25, 241–249.
  3. Vlasova, T.; Petrov, A.; Volkov, S. Arctic Sustainability Monitoring within the International collaboration on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability. Arctic Herald 2017, 20, 124–131.

Prof. Dr. Andrey N Petrov
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova
Guest Editors 

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Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE) is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. 
Sustainability provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI. The Society for Urban Ecology is affiliated with Sustainability and their members receive discounts of the article processing charge.Open Access - free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their institutions.High visibility: indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), as well as Scopus and other databases.Impact Factor: 2.075 (2017) ; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.177 (2017)

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