There are few places on Earth that seem to me more remote than Greenland. Not to mention cold. And dark. During the winter, the sun really does not even rise. Sounds like a place for your next vacation, right? Thanks to NASA Cryospheric scientist Lora Koenig, you can experience winter in Greenland without making the actual trip and braving the minus-50 degree Celsius temperatures. She spent this past winter in Greenland blogging about her experience.
As you read her weekly entries, you can come to understand some of the important work she is doing in Greenland. She collected time measurements of snow surface temperature, microwave brightness temperature, and snow surface height. These measurements all help with ongoing projects that NASA has involving several satellites. In her entries, Lora tells you about her work and what life is really like in the winter in Greenland. Even better, there are lots of pictures and a summit webcam and weather station!
In a classroom, this site could be utilized in different ways. As part of a geography class, it could be used to highlight the different geographical features that exist in Greenland. Your class could take a virtual field trip while immersed in the personal stories of the author. In science, this website could be used to highlight important aspects of the process of scientific inquiry. This blog provides a great view into what it’s like to actually work as a scientist. Using the weather station data, a math class could create graphs that track daily temperatures, and could even use other resources to add some local data comparisons to their graphs. This blog opens up a new part of the world to your students.
As long as you can get past the chilliness that will seep into your bones as you peruse the site (I think I need to go put on a sweater), you’ll find at least a few ways that this resource could be useful to you and your students. –REBECCAH HAINES