Shishmaref Partnership: Shishmaref Relocation and Collocation Study


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District (District) is currently investigating erosion problems in the community of Shishmaref, a Native Alaskan Community located on Sarichef Island. The island is located on the north coast of the Seward Peninsula, about 100 miles southwest of Kotzebue. The island is one of a chain of barrier islands that are parallel to the northern shoreline of the Seward Peninsula and separates the Chukchi Sea from a saltwater lagoon on the leeward side of the islands.

In response to the ongoing concerns over the threat posed to Shishmaref by the continuing seaward erosion, the community was selected by Congress to be part of the Section 203, Tribal Partnership Program, a study authority to assist Native Alaskan communities with water resource-related planning needs. In subsequent legislation, Congress asked to know about the practicality of and costs associated with relocating Shishmaref to the mainland.

Published On

Friday, December 31, 2004


Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Disaster Risk Management
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Managed retreat of built infrastructure, relocation of people/communities
Climate Type: