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Earth to Sky Course — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Earth to Sky’s Climate Science and Communication @ Northwest Territories course was held April 19-21, 2017. Content focused on NASA research specific  to the Northwest and Yukon Territories of Canada, and emphasized integration of traditional knowledge with western science. 

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35 participants from the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), Parks Canada, the NWT Association of Communities, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and various NGOs gathered in a collegial exchange of knowledge, ideas and skills.

NASA ABoVE scientists from Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  and several universities joined colleagues from the GNWT to present on topics ranging from carbon fluxes in permafrost, and hydrologic changes to NWT rivers, to the effects of climate change on migratory birds.

On a field trip and tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, participants learned first hand from archeologists and Elders how the changing climate is contributing to loss of heritage resources. 

A special presentation on the NASA ABoVE research campaign held at the GNWT Legislative Assembly Hall was also open to the general public, and generated local press interest in the campaign.

Each participant wrote and presented an action plan for using course content in their climate communication efforts with local communities, schools and tourists.

A concluding course webinar is planned later in 2017, to highlight participants’ projects based on their action plans.

NASA ABoVE scientists Chip Miller (center) and Peter Griffith (right) chat with Sr. Science Advisor for Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT, Andrew Applejohn at the GNWT Legislative Assembly Hall   Participants, Coaches and Elders share knowledge at the Heritage Center

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