Experience our many exhibits and activities at Arctic Matters Day! Highlights include:
- Frontier Scientists, UAF: Arctic UAVs—an Alaskan Game
- Hands-on Extreme Cold Weather gear and real Arctic lab equipment from the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)
- The Nature Conservancy: Alaska ShoreZone: A Photographic Journey along Alaska’s Arctic Coast
- Arctic sea ice extent visualizations from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
- Sea Level Rise simulation from Climate Central and the Union of Concerned Scientists
- PolarSeeds: Visualization and sonification of data on Greenland ice sheet
- EcoChains: A card game to learn about the Arctic marine foodweb, the role of sea ice, and potential impact of ecosystem changes
Frontier Scientists, UAF Arctic UAVs – An Alaskan Game App
The Arctic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle mobile Game App aims to inspire interest about real science and research opportunities in Alaska. Arctic UAVs is a series of missions abstractly based on real research missions executed by the Alaska ACUASI program. Before, during, or after successfully completing a mission, the player can access links to the FrontierScientists.com website hosting videos with scientists describing the real UAV missions. Expect to Fly in the Aleutian Islands, along the Beaufort Sea Ice, and in Kachemak Bay with Otters. It’s Challenging but Fun!
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be at the North Pole? Have you ever wondered what scientists are really like? Are you curious about what it’s like to work or explore the Arctic? Come check out a COOL polar booth! Talk with scientists that work in the Arctic, teachers that have been to the Arctic, and get your photo taken in Extreme Cold Weather gear! Try your hand at being a scientist using REAL lab equipment used in the Arctic. We’ll be there to share our experiences and promote your own discovery about why the Arctic matters to all of us.
What role does sea ice play in the Arctic marine ecosystem, and how do human activities impact the food web? How are glaciers and ice sheets affected by rising temperatures, and why does it matter for coastal communities? Who are the key stakeholders in the region, and how will they respond to new challenges and opportunities? Explore the impacts and implications of climate change in the Arctic using educational games and interactive tools developed by the PoLAR Partnership. Try your hand at EcoChains: Arctic Crisis, a multiplayer card game of strategy and survival in a rapidly warming Arctic. Navigate through changes in land ice and sea levels with Polar Explorer, a map-based data visualization app. And, discover what it takes to strategically manage resources in time of change with the ArcticAnew role play simulation.
The Nature Conservancy: Alaska ShoreZone Partnership
Alaska has more 79,000 km (49,000 miles) of coastline, but these remote regions are not easily visited. Yet accessing our coasts is important for science and for the peoples that have called Alaska home for thousands of years. And when something goes awry in our oceans, the problem often washes up on our shores. The Alaska ShoreZone partnership program is a unique science consortium that has explored the coasts of Alaska to bring the country’s northern reaches up close. Through high resolution images, video, and a rigorous biological and geological database available to the public, the Alaskan coasts, including the Arctic, are a verdant and colorful landscape supporting a vast array of plants, animals and people.
Come by our booth for stunning ShoreZone images from the Arctic regions of Alaska as well as information about the ShoreZone program and database.
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC): Where was sea ice?
The decline in sea ice extent and the coming “ice free” arctic are often used to illustrate how climate change is changing the world we live in. This display, by commercial concern MasterMaps, builds on NASA and NOAA data products: the Sea Ice Index uses NASA data and algorithms and here gives a monthly view goes back to 1979, while the Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE) gives daily extent from 2006 on. Choose a year or day using a slider, and see the extent of arctic sea ice then.
MASIE benefits from manual (human) analysis done at the Navy/NOAA/Coast Guard National Ice Center in Suitland, MD. Both MASIE and the Sea Ice Index are part of the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information-sponsored collection at the University of Colorado’s National Snow and Ice Data Center.
BOEM, U.S. Arctic Policy & the Arctic Council: A Nexus
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has positioned itself to take an active role in advancing our national Arctic priorities, many of which are also those of the Arctic Council under U.S. Chairmanship. U.S. Arctic policy encompasses many of the Council’s objectives such as protecting the environment and conserving its natural resources; balancing economic development with environmental protection, including cultural values; and increasing our understanding of the Arctic through research and traditional knowledge. These are also BOEM’s Mission.
BOEM’s responsibility includes the stewardship of more than 1 billion acres of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf offshore Alaska, with potentially substantial energy and mineral resources. Through the adoption of an integrated approach to management and participation in both national and international forums, BOEM’s Vision is to be a valued partner in Pan-Arctic issues addressing scientific and cultural understanding, resource management, and sustainable development. Learn about BOEM Alaska at: http://www.boem.gov/Alaska-Region/.
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Sea level rise, partly driven by a warming Arctic, is already affecting our coasts. Cities from New Orleans to Miami to Norfolk are seeing regular flooding from high tides, and are at risk from storm surge riding in on higher seas. Learn more about frontline communities and actions cities and states can take today.
Climate Central: Surging Seas Mapping Choices and Risk Zone Interactive Maps
Warmer temperatures make glaciers and land-based ice sheets melt, and make tidewater glaciers — glaciers that reach the ocean — slide more rapidly into the sea and calve more icebergs. As this land-based ice in the Arctic melts and disintegrates, sea levels rise globally.
Visitors can type in a coastal city or postal code into Surging Seas Mapping Choices and visually compare the long-term sea levels that different emissions and warming scenarios could lock in. In the Surging Seas Risk Zone Map visitors can explore nearer-term inundation risk from sea level rise, tides, storms, and tsunamis up to 30 meters across the world’s coastlines as well as local sea level rise projections at over 1,000 tide gauges on 6 continents. Access Climate Central’s Surging Seas maps, web tools, and reports at sealevel.climatecentral.org.
PolarSeeds: Visualization and sonification of data on Greenland ice sheet loss
During fall of 2011 a group of faculty at the City College of New York from the Science and Art Divisions drafted a concept for a project about communicating results from his research concerning the melting of the Greenland ice sheet through ‘unconventional’ venues, such as Visual Arts and Music. The opportunity to build a team and perform a project came to reality when the City College of New York (CCNY) called for the City SEED call proposal (therefore the name POLARSEEDS). The project culminated in an exhibition in which soundscapes obtained from sounds recorded during fieldwork in Greenland were combined with sonifications of the outputs of a climate model used to study melting in Greenland to generate ambient sounds. Large aerial photos of supraglacial streams and lakes over Greenland were exhibited together with infographics addressing some of the causes and implications of melting. Videos showing either footage of melting features or the impact of albedo on melting (through ad hoc experiments carried out in laboratory and filmed for the exhibit) were also exhibited. Lastly, the visitors had the opportunity to play an interactive web game developed for the project in which they had to balance the amount of clouds, solar radiation, rain and snow to keep the Greenland ice sheet from melting completely and flood New York City.
North Slope Science Initiative
The North Slope Science Initiative was formed in 2001 by a group of federal, state, local and Alaska Native resource managers seeking to better prepare themselves to meet unparalleled challenges and opportunities for partnerships in Alaska’s changing Arctic. The NSSI’s mission is to improve scientific and regulatory understanding of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems in the context of resource development activities and climate change. Since its formation, the NSSI has helped increase collaboration and coordination among its members and with industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, the public and the whole of the Arctic community. The NSSI provides resource managers with the data and analyses they need to evaluate goals and objectives related to each agency’s mission on the North Slope and adjacent seas. Stop by our table to learn more about NSSI and grab a 2016 calendar (while supplies last!).