GENERAL ARCTIC INFORMATION

Canadian Polar Commission

Government of Nunavut

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 Insititute 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

An activity book for young children

 

WEATHER OR CLIMATE

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Atmosphere/Climate protocols

 

WHY IS IT COLD IN THE POLAR REGIONS?

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

Short video about Earth’s tilt and the seasons from Ignite Learning

An online calculator to determine sunrise and sunset times at different latitudes and longitudes

 

OZONE HOLE DEMO

NASA diagrams of the Antarctic ozone hole from 1979 to 2009

United Nations Environment Programme information about the ozone hole

In depth background information from the University of Cambridge Centre for Atmospheric Science

For more about 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

An activity book produced by the Antarctic Drilling Project—Chapter 2 provides several other ice activities

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

More about sea ice from the Antarctic Sea Ice Processes & Climate (ASPeCT) project

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

 

PENGUIN REUNION

All about Adélie penguins

Information about penguins from Sea World (includes recording of calls)

More on penguin communication

 

SURFACE CURRENTS

The Global Drifter Program—satellite-tracked drifting buoys

Fundamentals of surface ocean currents from PhysicalGeography.net

 

DEEP WATER CIRCULATION

Deep water circulation from ‘Window to the Universe’

Downloadable animations of ocean currents

NASA ‘Ocean Motion’

Nathan B. Palmer Cruise Blog

ARGO project (free-drifting profiling floats)

For data from CTD sensors mounted on elephant seals around Antarctica

 

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

General information about the Antarctic marine ecosystem

Information on Antarctic marine food web from New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
(NIWA)

 

BLUBBER INSULATION

More details about blubber

 

THE EARTH THROUGH TIME

A look at Earth’s climate through time

A child-friendly introduction to plate tectonics

A higher-level, 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

 

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 (Pages 11 - 23)

Economists and (pages 9 - 10)

 

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 image mosaic and broad set of resources for Antarctica

LandSat: A Global Land-Observing Program

Glacier glossary

 

THE MISSING ENERGY MYSTERY: POPCORN AND NEUTRINOS

IceCube Neutrino detector main website

IceCube Education & Outreach site

YouTube Movie 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 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

Arctic Youth Statement
Declaration on Climate Change from Arctic Youth
(PDF File: hosted on Arctic Youth Network website) Click Here

Books

The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change
By Dinjar Godrej
New Internationalist Publications Ltd., 2001

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future
by Richard B. Alley
Princeton University Press, 2002

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization
by Brian M. Fagan
Basic Books, 2004

Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilization
by Brian Fagan
Basic Books, 1999

A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
by William H. Calvin
University of Chicago Press, 2002

The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change
by Lynn Margulis
University Press of New England, 2002

Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises
by National Research Council, 2002

Global Climate Change
by Sharon Spray
Book News Inc., 2004

Population and Climate Change
by Brian C. O'Neil, F. Landis MacKellar, Wolfgang Lutz
Cambridge University Press, 2001

Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature
by David Suzuki with Amanda McConnell
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 1997

Greenhouse: The 200-year Story of Global Warming
By Gale E. Christianson
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 1999

Vanishing Halo
By Daniel Gawthrop
David Suzuki Foundation and Greystone Books, 1999

A Citizen's Guide to Air Pollution
Edited by David V. Bates and Robert B. Caton
David Suzuki Foundation, 2002

Articles

The Government of Canada welcomes the release of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), the most detailed assessment to date of changes in circumpolar climate and ultraviolet radiation and their consequences for Arctic people and ecosystems. Read the complete Government of Canada News Release.

The complete ACIA Overview "Impacts of a Warming Arctic" is available for download in .pdf format at http://www.acia.uaf.edu

Bramley, Matthew. "Fighting climate change: a policy prescription." The Globe and Mail. 17 December 2004. E3

George, Jane. "Inuit lauded for role in Arctic science." Nunatsiaq News. 20 February, 2004. 24

George, Jane. "Tradition aids science in polar bear research." Nunatsiaq News. 14, November, 2003. 8

Mitchell, Alanna. "A Change of Climate." Canadian Geographic. May/June, 2005, pp 56-65.

Shellenberger, Michael and Ted Nordhaus. "The Death of Environmentalism: Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World." 2004.

Simms, Andrew and David Woodward. "Cast Adrift: How the Rich are Leaving the Poor to Sink in a Warming World." New Economics Foundation, in association with Greenpeace, 2004.

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