Helping Communities Understand Climate Change
Scientists and educators are designing workshops to help communities understand how global climate change affects them locally. The project, funded by the NASA Earth to Sky Partnership, was presented in a workshop this spring, with a focus on Canada’s Northwest Territories. Teresa Cavazos Cohn, research assistant professor at the McCall Field Campus in the College of Natural Resources, is a member of the team. Climate change is happening in the Arctic and Boreal region, which includes Alaska and Western Canada, faster than anywhere else on Earth. A large and diverse group of indigenous peoples call the area home, and the project team included their traditional knowledge of climate in the workshop content.
The Earth to Sky team is including research findings generated from the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). ABoVE is a large-scale study of environmental change; CNR faculty members Jan Eitel and Lee Vierling are researchers on the project.
“There is so much to learn about the changing climate,” Cohn said. “The science that NASA is providing, along with the traditional knowledge of the many indigenous groups from the area, gives educators and community members a rich opportunity to share great ideas on how to communicate about climate change within their communities.”
Article by Kim Jackson, College of Natural Resources