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  • Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2014 | PolarTREC
    done the west coast better weather side already and now must try to get the last high priority mission on the Read Journal 6 21 April 2014 Geike Peninsula Back in the Air We flew a fantastic mission to the East Coast of Greenland today That area has some of the most scenic coastline you ll ever see ice or no ice And some of the most predicable turbulence We had modest turbulence for much of our time over there enough to spill coffee creamer all over the back of the plane and temporarily knock offline one of our ATM s lasers The transition from sea to mountains is often abrupt on the east coast This row of mountains looked like a saw blade extending into the distance Flying along the coast we saw lots of polar bear tracks Read Journal 42 20 April 2014 Easter Easter Sunday As mentioned previously we do not fly on Sundays And Easter Sunday is more special than most here Since Greenland is about 88 Lutheran Easter the locals takes this day to heart A case in point is that the one grocery store in town was open for only a few hours on Friday not at all on Saturday Sunday or Monday One must plan meals carefully around Easter evidently Obligatory Awwwwww moment Before stuffing myself on an Easter dinner I walked out to the edge of town to visit the sled dogs Today s cute calendar spread is tomorrow s sled Read Journal 18 Expedition Resources Elementary Polar Science Station Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than 1 period Elementary and Up Download Share and Remix Overview My high school has a Science Club whose members visit local elementary schools and run various stations that elementary students visit for 10 15 minutes before rotating to a different one This lesson is designed to be one those a quick hitting but engaging look into polar science that will stir the kids inherent curiosity and get them thinking about current events in science View Lesson Measuring Ice Like NASA Does Lesson Arctic Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview One of the most important indicators of our warming climate is the extent and thickness of polar sea ice Currently satellites measure the extent of polar sea ice but it takes more sophisticated equipment aboard a low flying plane to actually measure the thickness of sea ice This lesson will show students how this is done Objectives Students should be able to use concepts of View Lesson 2014 Arctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 Arctic expeditions Each teacher presents a little about the research projects implementation in the classroom and outreach into communities View Event Russell Hood and the Survey of Polar Ice 2014 Expedition Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour live event takes place in Greenland

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/airborne-survey-of-polar-ice-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • High Arctic Change 2014 | PolarTREC
    yourself behind We left Ny Alesund today and have returned to Longyearbyen We will take Ny Alesund with us and leave a part of ourselves behind The view of our glacier from above in the plane after three weeks of study added to our picture of its dynamics We have discussed its subglacial streams how they bring sediment to the fjord and rise buoyantly to create sediment plumes A curiosity has been the sudden activity of a plume on the northern end and the quiet but older plume in Read Journal 12 Expedition Resources How to Measure the Speed of a Glacier Lesson Arctic About a week High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview How glaciers in the polar regions respond to continued climate warming is of great concern Changes in overall glacier velocities and calving dynamics have immediate impacts on sea level Accurate predictions of how and when ice loss will occur are crucial to forecasting future environmental change This lesson results from experiences working in and around Kronebreen glacier in View Lesson Introduction to Inquiry based Learning and Glaciers Lesson Arctic Antarctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson was designed to teach pre service teachers an inquiry based approach for a science classroom To give context to the activity I used my experiences as part of High Arctic Change 2014 for a lab activity As such the activity focuses on discovering how glaciers are formed and flow and how icebergs float in water The materials can be modified and used to illustrate a View Lesson How We Can Use Isotopes to Study Glaciers Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson is based on studies completed by undergraduate geoscience students working around the glaciers of Kongsfjord Svalbard during the summer of 2014 It is intended as part of a larger unit on matter that covers atomic theory atomic structure and the periodic table Students connect authentic research to their classroom understanding of atoms while learning how this knowledge View Lesson Playing with Mud Sediment Deposition by Tidewater Glaciers Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson is based on studies completed by undergraduate geoscience students working around the glaciers of Kongsfjord Svalbard during the summer of 2014 It is intended as part of a larger Earth science unit that covers erosion transport and deposition of sediment Students connect authentic research to classroom investigations while learning how to interpret current data to View Lesson 2014 Arctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 Arctic expeditions Each teacher presents a little about the research projects implementation in the classroom and outreach into communities View Event Project Information Dates 21 July 2014 to 20 August 2014 Location Ny Alesund Svalbard Norway Project Funded Title Svalbard

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/high-arctic-change-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • Shrinking Arctic Icecaps | PolarTREC
    amazing place always has something new to share As I came out of the tent the landscape was splashed with the most amazing light from the morning sun Sunrise at Base Camp 2 our final farewell I glanced up at Lil Nug glacier the mere toe of a glacier that is no longer I wonder how much longer this glacier will be in existence Lil Nug is one of the Read Journal 38 17 August 2014 Moraine Day or A Walk Through Universal Studios With only 2 days left to field season we needed to make the best of every opportunity We came to breakfast with daypacks ready to go had a bite of food and some coffee and away we went in search of erratics on moraines Base Camp 2 Lil Nug Camp Hiking to moraines is spectacular grueling and deceptive In the distance moraines look like little hills that one can easily walk up and over However this 8 mile hike took us almost 11 hours Nothing is little in Moraine ville What do you see on the landscape beyond the stream As we walked past our own El Capitan the Read Journal 27 16 August 2014 The Quest for the Lake Core Today was our last day to get a sediment core from Lil Nug Base Camp We had attempted to core from three lakes near the camp The core results were less than what we were hoping for a lot of sand in the cores We noticed on our first glacial hike that there was another lake that essentially sat behind the camp Our destination Crash Lake However to get to the lake to core we would have to ferry across our fresh water lake and portage the gear 1 km 6miles over tundra terrain Putting all the gear into our boat on the fresh water lake After we landed on the other side Read Journal 42 Expedition Resources Taking Earth s Temperature Documentary and Q A Forum Presentation Community Presentation Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Free community viewing of Taking Earth s Temperature Delving Into Earth s Past followed by Q A w contributor Dr Jason Briner Organized by PolarTREC teacher Tina Ciarametaro in her home community after her expedition to Greenland Learn more here about the documentary Taking Earth s Temperature View Presentation 2014 Arctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 Arctic expeditions Each teacher presents a little about the research projects implementation in the classroom and outreach into communities View Event Informative Letter to Media Article Arctic Middle School and Up Download and Share News release letter for Tina Ciarametaro s expedition to Greenland to study shrinking arctic icecaps The release explains the upcoming expedition PolarTREC s goals objectives and how to follow the expedition View Article Lecture brings the Arctic to Ipswich Article School Presentation Arctic n a

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/shrinking-arctic-icecaps (2016-02-14)
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  • Historical Ecology for Risk Management 2014 | PolarTREC
    behind the scenes tour from technician Ross Burgener Video with audio The observatories measure things in the air such as carbon dioxide carbon monoxide methane nitrous oxide Read Journal 6 August 2014 Arctic Weather Hello Everyone Understanding the weather is important no matter where you are But up in the Arctic it can be life or death The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration s NOAA National Weather Service NWS Alaska Region provides weather hydrologic climate forecasts and volcanic ash and tsunami warnings for the state of Alaska and its surrounding waters Barrow is home to the nations northern most weather monitoring station We got a behind the scenes visit with meteorologist technician Gina Strum who was working the graveyard shift Gina showed us the ins and outs of Read Journal 1 4 August 2014 Arctic Beaches Hello everyone Beaches are fun to visit no matter where you are in the world including the Arctic So I hit the Barrow beach with oceanographer Dr Kathleen Fischer to see what we could learn Barrow s beach is very different from the tan colored sandy beaches I am use to back home The beach here is mostly gravel Grains of sediment are classified based on there size shape and sorting The smallest size is clay which are particles smaller than 1 256 mm As you move up in size the sediment changes to silt which is smaller than 1 16th mm but larger than clay then comes sand which Read Journal 2 August 2014 Arctic Storm Surges Hello everyone do you know what a storm surge is They are a big concern in many coastal communities including Barrow A storm surge is an abnormal rise in sea level over and above the regular astronomical tide Large waves form when you have high wind speed long wind duration and a large fetch Fetch is the distance of open water that the wind blows across So when the landfast ice breaks up and moves far off shore it opens up a bigger fetch This is why Barrow s deadly storm surges occur during late summer and fall it s because the ice is far off shore and can t act as a barrier to Read Journal 6 Expedition Resources Weather Principles Climate Literacy Online Activity Lesson About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Main Link Access the Online Activity Here Overview The main objective of this activity is to increase climate and weather literacy Users will be exposed to The Essential Principles 12 Key Messages about Climate Science established by the U S Global Change Research Program This information is combined with other open educational resources including streamed in YouTube videos View Lesson Ocean Literacy and Coastal Geology Online Activity Lesson Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Main Link Access the Online Activity Here Overview The main objective of this activity is to increase ocean literacy Users will be exposed to the Ocean Essential Principles

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/historical-ecology-for-risk-management-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2014 | PolarTREC
    CO2 The cornerstone piece of Dr Cory s research is studying how sunlight interacts with DOC to convert carbon to CO2 in streams and lakes One important piece of information the team must know is how deeply Read Journal 5 July 2014 Doing Science in the Field Science Investigation in the Field As a science teacher I ve always required by students to complete an independent science research project Students did not need to enter a science fair and I am proud of students who challenge themselves by entering a science fair competition regardless of the outcome With this assignment in mind its been interesting for me to watch the processes scientists at Toolik go through as they are designing and carrying out their own science investigations Ask the Right Question and Hypothesis For students the hardest part of their science project often Read Journal 1 29 June 2014 Arctic Sunlight and Carbon Release Studying Carbon Release in the Arctic What is carbon s source The PolarTREC project I am assigned to Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2014 studies the release of carbon from arctic waters to the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide The easiest way for me to explain the research is to give a step by step explanation First consider that all living things contain carbon and carbon accounts for about half of an organism s dry mass That is if all of the water were removed from us or plants or animals half of what remains is carbon When the living things die some of Read Journal Expedition Resources Modeling the Influence of Sunlight on Release of Carbon Dioxide from Thawing Permafrost Lesson Arctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Description Students will use a model to explore the relationships between sunlight and release of carbon dioxide CO2 from thawing Arctic watersheds After studying the carbon cycle students are asked to reflect on how natural phenomena thawing of permafrost interactions of soil microbes on dissolved carbon and amount of sunlight interconnect and influence the release of CO2 into the View Lesson 2014 Arctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 Arctic expeditions Each teacher presents a little about the research projects implementation in the classroom and outreach into communities View Event Invitation to Join PolarConnect with Regina Brinker Article Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download Article in regional newspaper describes Regina Brinker s PolarConnect event and invites readers to participate at home or as the event is projected at the main public library branch View Article Regina Brinker and the Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2014 Expedition Event Polar Connect Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is hosted by PolarTREC teacher Regina Brinker who studied interactions of sunlight and microbes at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska View Event Project Information Dates 15 June

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/arctic-sunlight-and-microbial-interactions-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • Arctic Ground Squirrel Studies 2014 | PolarTREC
    PolarTrec experience took me out of my normal day to day routine of high school teaching and thrust me into a completely new situation I met new colleagues and together we shared the common goal of completing our research task in a wild and challenging landscape Though I came to Team Squirrel with some relevant background Read Journal 3 28 June 2014 Extremophilia Part of my attraction to the PolarTrec program is that anything that can survive in polar regions has to be incredibly well adapted to a challenging environment Plants and animals that can tolerate such extremes could be considered extremophiles They thrive or at least survive in the world s most demanding conditions In the arctic the challenges include long periods of winter darkness wind and temperatures below 40 degrees F In other climates the demands may be very different such as heat in the hottest desert or pressure in the deep seas Because most animals migrate into the Read Journal 27 June 2014 Changes in Latitude changes in Attitude After a long winter at home then a month in the Alaskan Arctic I felt a need for some time with my wife Julie and the tropics Time for Polar to Solar v2 0 Destination the Big Island of Hawaii What better way to make up for missed summer than a visit to the beach To melt some of the permafrost why not an active volcano After crossing the arctic circle at 66 degrees north time to go south of the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees After no sunsets in the arctic Julie helped lower the sun below the horizon for a beautiful sunset over the pacific Kilauea volcano at night The Read Journal 21 June 2014 The Long Migration Home Each day in the field I continue to see new species of animals There are surprises around every corner On our drive back to Fairbanks the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve sits on one side and Gates of the Arctic National Park on the other Near Atigan Pass a Golden Eagle flew directly towards our moving car Amazed we later saw that it was being chased by a Northern Harrier Hawk Later on the other side of the Pass and in the Boreal forest a moose stood in the road as we rounded a corner Considering the demands of life in the arctic I was amazed by the diversity of life While it Read Journal Expedition Resources Data Analysis with Team Squirrel Using Google Sheets Lesson Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students in cooperative teams will use a spreadsheet and graphing program such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel to graph and evaluate a large data set The data sets provided come from authentic arctic ground squirrel research completed at Toolik Research station in arctic Alaska The data sets were downloaded from body temperature loggers implanted into individual animals to better View Lesson Data Analysis with Team Squirrel Using

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/arctic-ground-squirrel-studies-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • Climate Change and Pollinators in the Arctic | PolarTREC
    we started to pollinate one a second time we had to make sure we got all the sites in a second time or else the data would not be consistent The Vaccinium we only had time to supplement once before it started to fruit but we are done with all of those Read Journal 3 30 June 2014 What is Permafrost The research will occur in Greenland s vast tundra The Arctic tundra is a stark landscape where the the soil is permanently frozen This frozen subsoil is referred to as permafrost Because of this frozen soil it is very hard for trees to grow so instead the tundra produces lots of moss and woody plants such as blueberry bushes During the summer some of the permafrost melts leaving the ground very soggy but provides plants with the water they need to grow This causes many marshes lakes bogs and streams to form During my public outreach I used jars of Jello with frozen soil on Read Journal 26 June 2014 Driving Around Kangerlussuaq Explore Your World I am standing in front of the ice sheet From a distance Kangerlussuaq may seem plain and sand filled but if you take the time to really look you can see the beauty that this place holds I love all the passages the ice melt has made Every morning I get the privilege of seeing this on the way to a site Not a bad commute The flowers around Kanger may not be as bright as what we are use to but they are still beautiful I don t know what this flower is but I thought it was really pretty Field of rhododendron flowers This is a pretty common Read Journal 1 23 June 2014 Animal Tracks Can You Figure It Out The sand makes a perfect medium for looking at animal prints Looks at these next few prints and see if you can figure out what they are First Print It is small and furry Animal Track 1 Here is it up close Animal Track 1 up close Second Print It has hooves Animal Track 2 Here it is up close Animal Track 2 up close Third Print You probably have these at home Animal Track 3 Strange Fact of the Day The Kangerlussuaq Airport is the largest airport in Greenland and can handle large commercial airliners Sometimes if a flight is especially big Read Journal 3 Expedition Resources I Can Be A Bee Activity Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Overview PolarTREC teacher Emily Dodson participated in a scientific expedition in the summer of 2014 at Kangerlussuaq Greenland Emily s book is a telling of the science story behind the teams work and Emily s participation as an educator and field assistant on the PolarTREC expedition Author Credit To contact Emily emily snowden at fayette kyschools us View Activity 2014 Arctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Arctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/climate-change-and-pollinators-in-the-arctic (2016-02-14)
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  • Microbial Changes in Arctic Freshwater | PolarTREC
    Read Journal 2 July 2014 The Road Home The Migration South Begins We made the drive down the Dalton yesterday back to Fairbanks Byron left Sarah behind at Toolik to collect the remaining samples for the season When all is said and done she will collect around 400 we collected just over 1 4 of that to the point when I left so she has a bit of work yet to do The great send off from the dining hall as we drove away We had a great send off from the dining hall It was a fogged in and drizzle filled morning and that weather held for much of the 9 hour drive Upon arriving in Fairbanks we had a send off dinner with the PIs Read Journal 1 1 July 2014 Last Day Wrapping up my time in the Arctic I love the Arctic Today is my last full day at Toolik Byron Hannah and Sarah completed day 2 of the bacterial lakes survey bringing our sampling total up to 115 samples collected during my time at Toolik I stayed behind and helped filter for different water chemistry tests when they came back to camp at lunch and in the afternoon I also attended a Talking Shop talk a regular Tuesday evening Toolik event where two filmmakers from the BBC who are up here filming some footage for a future show about Alaska discussed their experiences in wildlife Read Journal 1 30 June 2014 Bringing it all together What does it all mean I ve tried to introduce you to Byron s microbial research over the course of my stay at Toolik I want to take this journal to try and relay what some of his findings have been and why this should be something that we care about even if we don t all live in the Arctic The Goal Byron initially set out upon this particular project as a biogeography project he wanted to better understand what different microbes were found in these Arctic waters and if they varied from place to place He was simply exploring uncharted territory that was previously unaccessible due to Read Journal Expedition Resources Biodiversity of Ecosystems Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a week High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Biodiversity is a central concept in understanding ecosystem functioning Students explore how biodiversity is measured impacted and can shift due to environmental changes to develop their understanding Based off of the Microbial biogeography studies that Dr Byron Crump is doing in the Arctic and around the world Objectives Understand the role and importance of biodiversity in an View Lesson Arctic Adventures Reinforces Lessons at CC article Article Arctic All Ages First person article written by Lauren about how her undergraduate experience tied into her PolarTREC expedition to the Arctic Published in the Colorado College alumni bulletin View Article Experiences of Lauren Watel During her PolarTREC to the Arctic Article Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/microbial-changes-in-arctic-freshwater (2016-02-14)
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