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Welcome to Virtual Fieldwork in Greenland!

Have your students ever wondered what it would be like to do climate change research? How about to visit the Arctic? Now you can give them a taste with this inquiry-based Virtual Fieldwork Experience (VFE). Students and teachers gain exclusive access into cutting edge  research from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. With documentary footage, real data from the Arctic, and a GIS layer for Google Earth visualization, this VFE introduces students to concepts from biology, lake ecology, earth science, and climate studies. The tool was designed using current best practices for engaging diverse learners (including English Language Learners) in science classrooms and provides a video introduction allowing students to see and hear key terms prior to engaging with data. It can be used to meet components of the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) disciplinary core ideas:


Middle School

- MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

- MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems


High School

- HS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

- HS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

- HS-ESS2 Earth's Systems


The tool is set up using Prezi (an online presentation software) to organize access to the video and data. To access the Prezi click here. The video introduction is hosted on YouTube and is embedded in this Prezi. (The video can also be accessed separately here). For more information about Virtual Fieldwork and how to use this tool, download the "Teacher's Guidebook" PDF. The Google Earth layer can be accessed by downloading the .kmz file. A narrative account of the research is available through the travel log PDF  "A Taste of the Arctic" by Emily J. Rice.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation's Arctic

System Science program (Grant 1203434 to J.E. Saros), the U.S. Department of Education award T365Z110040 at the University of Maine and the National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR Sustainability Solutions Initiative. This work contributes to Project Reach at the University of Maine. Virtual Fieldwork in Greenland was designed and produced by Emily J. Rice as a Communication and Journalism graduate student with the support of her adviser Dr. Laura A. Lindenfeld and Project Reach. It features Dr. Jasmine Saros, Associate Director and Professor from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and the School of Biology and Ecology. Photography and cinematography by Benjamin Burpee and Emily J. Rice. Special thanks to: Robert Northington  PhD, Steve Juggins PhD, Daniel Capps PhD, and Don Duggan-Haas PhD.


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