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Class photo smlEarth to Sky - Canada,  Climate Change Science and Communication Course in Yellowknife, NWT recently completed

April 19-21, 2017

This course focused on climate science and communication as it applies to NW Canada. The heart of the course consisted of three days of face-to-face sessions held at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.

Scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, several Universities, and the Gov't of the Northwest Territories presented sessions on topics ranging from carbon fluxes in permafrost, and hydrologic changes to NWT rivers, to the effects of climate change on migratory birds. The course included a field trip and tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, where participants experienced a wide range of habitats representing the Arctic, and learned about how the changing climate is contributing to the loss of heritage resources.  Representatives from local utilities and planning organizations provided information on climate mitigation efforts.

The course preparatory assignments, video-taped presentations and all course materials are now available on the course home page. Additional regional courses are being planned for a variety of locations in coming months and years.

 

 


 

Webinar for the Earth to Sky Community of Practice

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 - Noon-1pm AK Time, (2pm MDT)

This webinar provided an Update about NASA's ABoVE Research Campaign activities being planned for 2017.

View the recording on our webinar archive: May 17, 2017 Webinar with Peter Griffith

 

ABoVE Map and Project Area

The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is part of a broad international effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change. Over the next decade, scientists from NASA and other public and private organizations are focusing on this northern region that spans about 2.5 million square miles. The multi-year field campaign will investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada, and examine such topics as the thawing of permafrost, the expansion of wildfires, and changes to wildlife habitats. Come and participate in a discussion with NASA’s Dr. Peter Griffith, Chief Support Scientist for NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office and the ABoVE campaign. Peter will describe the scope of these studies, the focus of the research into the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems, the implications of changing systems on society and human activities, and detail how individuals can get involved as the campaign progresses. He will also explore the significance of this work for other regions of the world. For more info: http://above.nasa.gov.

See also, this related report released this week at the Arctic Council: pdfSNOW-WATER-ICE-AND-PERMAFROST-SUMMARY-FOR-POLICY.pdf.

 

Peter Griffith photoDr. Peter Griffith is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and is Chief Support Scientist for the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). He also directs the team that supports the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (http://carbon.nasa.gov); and the North American Carbon Program (http://www.nacarbon.org), a component of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Archived Webinar Series:  Interpreting the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 !

For the first time in over a century a total solar eclipse will be visible over the entire United States, August 21, 2017. This spectacular total solar eclipse will be visible within a 70-mile wide path stretching across the continental U.S. beginning in mid-morning on the Oregon coast, crossing the United States, and finally disappearing on the South Carolina coast by mid-afternoon.

usa eclipse map smclick for larger (high resolution) Those in the path of totality will have the rare opportunity to safely see the Sun’s corona, the beauty of Baily’s beads and the dazzling diamond ring effect. You can get a sense of how the eclipse will progress at your location at http://bit.ly/2ffhTdi

This eclipse will be a unique and powerful opportunity for sharing the excitement of science and the wonder of the Sun and Moon as they create a total solar eclipse on Earth.

The webinar series covers basics about solar eclipses, touches on NASA's research on the Sun, Moon and the Sun-Earth connection, and explores activities, resources and ideas for connecting the eclipse experience with major interpretive themes in parks, refuges and other interpretive sites.

You may view any or all of the sessions which were held January - March 2017.

Tuesday, January 24 – Basics of Solar Eclipses

Thursday, February 2 – Our Sun is an Above-Average Dynamic Star!

Tuesday, February 14 – Without the Moon There Would Be No Eclipse!

Thursday, February 23 – Earthly Connections to the Sun

Tuesday, March 7 – NASA Resources and Activities Part I

Thursday March 16 – NASA Resources and Activities Part II

Thursday March 23 – Interpret the Eclipse!

Webinar abstracts and access to archived sessions and resources are here (site login required).

 Also visit our Eclipse Resources for Interpreters Page