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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment


Earth to Sky Climate Change Science and Communication
A Regional Approach - ALASKA
October 14-16, 2015

Join us this Fall for a NEW Earth to Sky regional course, focused on climate science and communication as it applies to Alaska, and featuring speakers from NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE).

The heart of the course is comprised of three days of face-to-face sessions held at the Bureau of Land Management's Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, on Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16, 2015. We will feature one evening session, and a field trip to a local site as a case study for climate change effects and communication practices. The course includes 3.5 hours of preparatory assignments and a one-hour followup class webinar session.

There's No Tuition!

Limited funds are also available to help defray travel costs – see application.

Target Audience:

Federal, State, Municipal agency, as well as non-profit and private organization science communicators, interpreters, environmental educators and education specialists. Participants should have some experience with communication principles and techniques. Knowledge of climate science is not required. Partners and collaborators are especially encouraged.

Participants in this course will:

  • Meet with world-class scientists and communicators to discuss their best practices and the latest insights about understanding and responding to changing climate.
  • Hear about the latest research in vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to the changing environment of Alaska; learn the latest about NASA’s 9-year ABoVE campaign from the scientists themselves.
  • Join interactive sessions with specialists on many climate topics, including thawing permafrost, changes in hydrology, and new wildlife dynamics.
  • Experience climate research first-hand on a field-trip to a local site where researchers will engage directly with workshop participants.
  • Become part of an engaged community of interpreters and educators, statewide, who are working on communicating about climate to audiences on-site and virtually.
  • Walk away with a customized plan for developing a climate program or product which you and your partners can use at your site with your audiences. And learn how you can stay connected to these scientists and communicators over the long term.

Applications were due 8/15/2015. Sixty applications were received and 25 participants were selected to attend.

Download full course announcement and application at

This course is also listed in DOI Learn at

Non-federal staff do not need to apply through DOI Learn. Simply download the application from the Earth to Sky website and follow instructions.

One of the best thing you'll discover is you’re not alone in your efforts to communicate about climate. There’s lots of help available!

If you have questions, or need more details, call John Morris, NPS Interpreter (retired), (907) 947-0359.