Outreach allows researchers to share their work with a broader audience than reached by scientific journals alone. As scientists, we are passionate and excited about the topics we study, but seldom have opportunities to discuss our ideas and research with the general public. In particular, as Arctic scientists it is often challenging to interact with the people living in the environment we study.
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, several Arctic researchers will travel to Barrow, Alaska to share their research, discuss ideas with the local population, and gain firsthand experiences in the environment which they study everyday. Activities include discussions with Barrow residents, presentations in local schools, seminars in the "Saturday Schoolyard" seminar series, helping to run summer camps, and more. These trips are meant to both share our knowledge with residents as well as enlighten and motivate researchers.
Some examples of recent outreach efforts include (photos):
Future efforts will include additional trips to Barrow by other researchers as well as an outreach trip to Greenland.