Starting a long time ago when villagers picked a new village site, funding sources have been many and varied, and workers have picked off projects over the years.
“One of the greatest things we’ve learned along the way is you don’t have to wait for a giant pot of money,” Cooke said.
Cooke and his team will visit Mertarvik five times between now and October, and he’s excited to see the progress of what he hopes will be a success story.
He said that in a decade or so, “We’ll have examples of communities that moved successfully and others that didn’t make it work. I think people are looking at Newtok very closely, to see the time it takes, the cost, and the obstacles to problem-solving.”
Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute has provided this column free in cooperation with the UAF research community. Ned Rozell is a science writer for the Geophysical Institute.