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STUDENT DOWNLOADS

Arctic Orientation Package

Packing List

Arctic Media Toolkit

SOI Arctic 2011 Backgrounder

(share this document with your local media)

Important Forms Final Checklist

Education Program Letter

Expedition Reader

GENERAL ARCTIC INFORMATION

EducaPoles
(Visit the International Polar Foundation's excellent Arctic interactive multimedia)

State of the Arctic Coast 2010 – Scientific Review and Outlook
International Arctic Science Committee, Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, International Permafrost Association

Canadian Polar Commission

Government of Nunavut

Nunatsiavut Government

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee

Canada and the Circumpolar World

Avataq Cultural Institute

National Inuit Youth Council

Inuit Art Foundation

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Circumpolar Conference


SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Arctic Institute of North America

Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Canadian Ice Service

Getting Started in Oral Traditions Research

POLE TO POLE

Arctic-Antarctic sea ice comparison

NASA Cryosphere Imagery

 

WEATHER OR CLIMATE

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Atmosphere/Climate protocols

 

WHY IS IT COLD IN THE POLAR REGIONS?

Information about the seasons and climate
from Iowa State University’s Polaris Project North Star

Video clip about Earth’s tilt and the seasons

An online calculator to determine sunrise and sunset times
at different latitudes and longituds around the world

 

OZONE HOLE DEMONSTRATION

United Nations Environment Programme information about the ozone hole

Background information from the University of Cambridge
Centre for Atmospheric Science

The role of CFCs in ozone destruction

 

ICE INTRODUCTION

A multi-media tour of the cryosphere from NASA

 

ALBEDO

An interactive demonstration of albedo and related concepts
based on information from NASA and the US Geological Survey

Overview of the cryosphere in climate research

 

GROWTH AND FLOW OF ICE SHEETS

US National Snow and Ice Data Center—quick facts on ice sheets

Ice Sheet chapter from Global Outlook for Ice and Snow
from the United Nations Environment Programme

Glacier glossary

 

WHEN ICE MELTS

A short video exploring Archimedes’ principle

Goddard Institute for Space Studies report on ice melt and sea level rise

Measuring sea level

 

SEA ICE AND OCEAN CURRENTS

A Northern Hemisphere perspective on sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic

 

EXAMINING ICE CRYSTALS

Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem Experiment

Diagrams and explanations of crystal structures

More information about polarisation

Information and tutorials about polarisation and optical birefringence

Simple explanation of polarisation

 

SURFACE CURRENTS

The Global Drifter Program—satellite-tracked drifting buoys

Fundamentals of surface ocean currents

 

DEEP WATER CIRCULATION

Deep water circulation

Downloadable animations of ocean currents

NASA ‘Ocean Motion’

ARGO project (free-drifting profiling floats)

 

SEA ICE POROSITY AND OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS

Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem Experiment (SIPEX)

 

POLAR FEASTS

Simple game related to polar food chains

Diagram of Arctic marine food web

Pictures of Arctic marine organisms from
the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

 

BLUBBER INSULATION

Details about blubber

 

THE EARTH THROUGH TIME

A look at Earth’s climate through time

An introduction to plate tectonics

A more comprehensive background

Information, diagrams and animations about geology from the University of Tromsø

 

RECONSTRUCTING PAST CLIMATES AND ENVIRONMENTS

Diatoms

Palaeoclimatology

Palaeoclimatology information from NOAA

 

FORMATION OF GLACIAL VALLEYS

National Snow and Ice Data Center Glacier Gallery
(photos of glaciers and glacial features)

Background material and activities from the US National Park Service

Background material and photos of glacial features

Glacier glossary

 

PERMAFROST AND TEMPERATURE CHANGES

US Fish & Wildlife Service: Ice Wedges, Polygons and Pingos

All about frozen ground from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center

TUNNEL MAN:
Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

 

OPTIMAL FORAGING

Snowy owl research in Nunavut

ArcticWOLVES IPY Project

 

WHAT IS COMMUNITY

Canadian Council for Geographic Education Lesson Plans
(for more classroom resources on Arctic-specific life and land topics)

Many Strong Voices (a group that links Arctic and small island developing states)

Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic

 

WHAT WILL BE THE FUTURE OF THE ARCTIC?

The Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR)
for a general overview and as a source of information and statistics
on culture and societies in the North

For position research:

Politicians

Researchers

NGO Representatives

Economists

 

UP THE FOOD CHAIN: POLLUTION IN THE ARCTIC

What are POPs?

General articles on pollution in the Arctic

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee information

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

Biology online information on pollution in the Arctic

 

KEEPING WARM ON POLAR EXPEDITIONS

Informative poster on polar clothing from Scott Polar Research Institute

 

UNDERSTANDING AURORAS

Comprehensive information about auroras
(with pictures, movies and web links) from the Exploratorium

More about the science behind auroras

More information with good photos of auroral forms and structures

Information, links and images

NASA videos of conjugate auroras

British Astronomical Association Auroral Section

 

VIEWS FROM SPACE

ESA School Atlas; geography from space thanks to real satellite imagery

LandSat: A Global Land-Observing Program

Glacier glossary

 

THE MISSING ENERGY MYSTERY: POPCORN AND NEUTRINOS

IceCube Neutrino detector main website

IceCube Education and Outreach site

YouTube clip about the detector

Popcorn popping in super-slow motion


CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION

Earthwatch Institute

Understanding Canadian Weather

Pembina Institute's Climate Change portal

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

World Wildlife Fund: Climate

The Northern Climate ExChange

Climate Action Network

Scott Polar Research Institute

David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change

Environment Canada: Climate Change


One Tonne Challenge

Climate Change- Environment Canada

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

Health Canada: Climate Change and Health Office

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

CO2 Science

Climate Change Calculator

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Year Round Programs - Earth Day

Sustainable Energy Solutions

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Northern Climate Exchange

Sierra Club - Clean Energy

World Resource Institute

Climate Change Youth Café

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Walter and Duncan Gordan Foundation

Counter Currents

The University of Winnipeg Climate Change Resources

Union of Concerned Scientists

World Health Organization

United Nation Environment Programme


SELECT NORTHERN NEWS MEDIA

CBC News North

Nunatsiaq News

Northern News Services

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation


ARCTIC EXPLORATION

Arctic Exploration Overview

 

EDUCAPOLES.org

EducaPoles
(The International Polar Foundation's educational website)

Flash Animations:

1) Humankind: Culprit and Victim of Climate Change Today

2) The Polar Regions: The First Areas of the Planet to Be Affected by Climate Change
3) Impacts of Climate Change on the Oceans
4) The biodiversity: Climate Change
5) Biodiversity in the Arctic

6) The Polar Regions: One of a Kind Laboratories for Scientific Research

Pedagogical Dossiers:

1) Climate change: What is it?
2) The Polar Regions
3) People in the Polar Regions
4) Climate Change: Consequences for the Planet and the Polar Regions
5) Paleoclimatic Exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic
6) The new economic stakes of climate change
7) Fishing in the Arctic and Antarctic: Exploiting Living Resources
8) Exploitation of mineral resources

Weblinks

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