Arizona State University: Team awarded NSF grant to teach virtual explorers about permafrost, Arctic climate change

Arizona State University: Team awarded NSF grant to teach virtual explorers about permafrost, Arctic climate change . “Scientists at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the Arizona Geological Survey at the University of Arizona, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded almost $2 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a virtual reality teaching tool called Polar Explorer. In this web-based, immersive environment, undergraduate students will explore polar environments in the Arctic to learn about permafrost from their laptops, desktops or mobile devices.”

Earth Institute: A New Global Archive Helps Researchers Chart Changes in Arctic Animals’ Behavior

Earth Institute, Columbia University: A New Global Archive Helps Researchers Chart Changes in Arctic Animals’ Behavior. “Researchers from more than 100 universities, government agencies and conservation groups across 17 countries are involved in the archive, which is hosted by the Max Planck Institute. It currently contains over 200 projects with the movement data of more than 8,000 marine and terrestrial animals from 1991 to the present. ‘Our goal is to use the archive to build a global community across institutions and political boundaries,’ said Martin Wikelski, director at the Max Planck Institute.”

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers. “Dr. Carson Leung, a [University of Manitoba] computer science professor who runs the database and data mining lab, said this is the beginning of a long-term project that will see the university and college build a searchable database and also help researchers and those living in the arctic to deal with the changing climate in the north.”

Nunatsiaq News: Volunteers sought to help build online database of Arctic botany

Nunatsiaq News: Volunteers sought to help build online database of Arctic botany. “Do you have some time on your hands, a computer and internet connection, and a desire to help improve the world’s understanding of Arctic plants? If so, Jennifer Doubt wants to enlist you as a citizen scientist. Doubt, the Canadian Museum of Nature’s curator of botany, is seeking help to tackle a monumental task. The museum’s botanical collection, known as the National Herbarium, contains more than one million plant specimens, including the world’s best collection of samples from the Canadian Arctic.”

NBC News: Arctic explorers stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns

NBC News: Arctic explorers stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns. “Sunniva Sorby, 59, and Hilde Fålulm Strøm, 52, co-founders of the Hearts in the Ice polar education campaign, set off in August to the Svalbard archipelago, located between Norway’s mainland and the North Pole, to collect environmental data and raise awareness about climate change. They were due to return this month but the vessel designated to pick them up was canceled amid global travel restrictions.”

Eye on the Arctic: Archeologists create digital blueprints of historic sites on Canadian Arctic island

Eye on the Arctic: Archeologists create digital blueprints of historic sites on Canadian Arctic island. “The impacts of climate change can be hard to notice on an incremental basis, but when archeologist Peter Dawson stepped off a Twin Otter aircraft onto Yukon’s Herschel Island after a decades-long absence, there was nothing subtle about what he saw.”