Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Partnerships for polar science education and outreach in Greenland (JSEP) and Antarctica (JASE) (Award# 1748137)

PI: Virginia, Ross Arthur (Ross.A.Virginia@Dartmouth.edu)
Phone: (603) 646.0192 
Institute/Department: Dartmouth College, Institute of Arctic Studies 
IPY Project?
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARE
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom (elrom@nsf.gov )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

Project Web Site(s):
Project: http://www.arcus.org/jsep
NSF_Award_Info: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1...

Science Summary:
Earth's polar regions are undergoing rapid changes that have relevance to the entire world. Scientists are working to understand the causes and consequences of this change and have a critical role in communicating their findings with diverse stakeholders. The pace of polar change demands continuous investment in training and educating the next generation of polar professionals who are prepared to be leaders in academia, government, industry, and policy. The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) are two NSF-sponsored, polar-focused programs that provide significant opportunities for training the next generation of STEM professionals and for polar-science outreach. JSEP, a project of the Joint Committee, was initiated in 2007 to educate students and teachers from Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S. The program brings US students together with Danish and Greenlandic students in Greenland where the group spends three weeks studying the causes and consequences of Arctic environmental change. JASE, a project in collaboration with the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), takes U.S. students to Antarctica to work alongside Chilean students and examine Antarctica's rapidly changing ecosystems. Dartmouth will organize a nation-wide application process to select high school student participants each year and will work with the international program coordinators to design student activities and learning experiences. In addition to coordinating each field-based program for U.S. high school students, Dartmouth will work to broaden the impact of these programs by sending a team of graduate student and faculty researchers with polar field experience to lead scientific components of JSEP and JASE, work with Greenlandic and Chilean educators to disseminate JSEP and JASE polar science outcomes to local audiences during the field-based expeditions, adapt JSEP and JASE polar science field activities for use in U.S. and international classrooms, provide training in cross-cultural science communication for diverse audiences to Dartmouth graduate students and the campus community, and assess skill- and content-based outcomes for high school and graduate student participants in JSEP and JASE. Societal benefits include building international networks of students, educators, stakeholders, future leaders, and polar scientists; diversifying the US polar scientific workforce, and generating polar science educational tools and modules that are freely accessible to students and teachers in multiple languages. This program addresses national priorities by developing a U.S. scientific workforce that is knowledgeable about the Arctic and the Antarctic, regions that are of growing importance to U.S. economic development and national security. The Joint Committee, a high-level government forum between the U.S., Greenlandic, and Danish governments, initiated JSEP during the International Polar Year in 2007. Since its inception, high school students and teachers from Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S. have traveled to Greenland to participate in two JSEP educational programs, Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and Science and Education Week. In 2013, the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), invited the United States to participate in their Expedición Antártica Escolar (EAE), a program to promote awareness and appreciation of Antarctica in young Chileans. Both JSEP and JASE aim to 1) educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists, 2) build strong networks of students, teachers and researchers among the participating countries, and 3) improve language and communication skills by taking teams of students to the polar regions to share in polar science activities. Dartmouth will conduct assessments of outcomes for the current high school students and graduate student polar fellows as well as surveys of alumni from previous U.S., Danish, Greenlandic, and Chilean participants.

Logistics Summary:
This grant continues support begun under NSF grant 1506155 for the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) program in Greenland. The Joint Committee, a high-level forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. governments, initiated JSEP in 2007 to educate an international community of high school students and teachers from each of the three nations about the causes and consequences of rapid environmental change. The goals of JSEP include inspiring the next generation of polar scientists, building strong networks of students and teachers among the three countries, and providing an opportunity to practice language and communication skills by taking students from the three nations to Greenland to observe polar science in action. From 2018 to 2022, Dartmouth JSEP team participants will visit Greenland each summer to engage in the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and lead Science and Education week at Summit Station. The PIs will also travel to Nuuk to advance partnerships with Greenlandic institutions. The 2018 JSEP effort features two field deployments: spring preparatory trips, and the July summer intensive. In early May/June, one co-PI and five graduate/undergraduate students will fly via a combination of ANG and commercial air to conduct research around Kangerlussuaq while camping in the sand dune area along the road. These grad students will lead some of the activities during the Field School and SciEd portion of the project, which commences in late June when the international group assembles in Kangerlussuaq. Also in 2018, the team will be joined in Kanger by two people from Dartmouth Office of Communications who will observe the student interactions with Dartmouth researchers. The summer intensive begins in late June with the arrival of PIs, additional grad students, and US high school students via ANG for the JSEP led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School activities. At the start of Science Education Week (SciEd), the high school group will fly to EastGrip (EGRIP) via the ANG where two Dartmouth grad students plus teachers from all 3 participating nations will lead activities for the students. When the EastGrip visit is over, the group will return to Kangerlussuaq and participate in additional hands-on reflection activities. The U.S. participants will return to their points of origin via the ANG to Scotia, New York and commercial air. The 2019 JSEP effort begins in late June with a staggered arrival of PIs, additional grad students, and US high school students via ANG for the JSEP led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School activities. At the start of Science Education Week (SciEd), the high school group will fly to EastGRIP via the ANG where two Dartmouth grad students plus teachers from all 3 participating nations will lead activities for the students. When the EastGRIP visit is over, the group will return to Kangerlussuaq and participate in additional hands-on reflection activities. At the end of SciEd, the JSEP participants will travel homeward spending one in Nuuk, Greenland and through Reykjavík, Iceland.

For 2019, CPS will provide commercial travel for US based high school students and two US teachers, ANG coordination to include passenger and cargo movements as well as EGRIP flights; user days in Kanger; lodging in Nuuk and Reykjavik; truck rentals; ECW gear; camping, communications and safety equipment from inventory. All other logistics and support will be organized and paid through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2018Greenland - EGRIP07 / 15 / 2018 07 / 18 / 201833
2018Greenland - Kangerlussuaq05 / 04 / 2018 07 / 24 / 201822
2018Greenland - Summit07 / 18 / 2018 07 / 18 / 201833
2019Greenland - EGRIP07 / 12 / 2019 07 / 14 / 201919
2019Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 18 / 2019 07 / 18 / 201918
2020Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 18 / 2020 07 / 18 / 202020
2020Greenland - Summit07 / 18 / 2020 07 / 18 / 202020
2021Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 18 / 2021 07 / 18 / 202120
2021Greenland - Summit07 / 18 / 2021 07 / 18 / 202120
2022Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 18 / 2022 07 / 18 / 202220
2022Greenland - Summit07 / 18 / 2022 07 / 18 / 202220
 


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