Sea ice plays a critical role in the global climate system and has a strong impact on ecosystems and human activities in the polar regions. With the recent urgency surrounding socioeconomic, geopolitical, and climate change in the North, the scientific community has called for an authoritative handbook on sea ice research techniques. This DVD was originally designed to accompany the text Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research edited by Hajo Eicken, Rolf Gradinger, Maya Salganek, Kunio Shirasawa, Don Perovich, and Matti Leppäranta, published by the University of Alaska Press, 2009. Now the DVD is available for separate purchase, augmented by additional resources for grades 6-12.
This DVD-ROM illuminates and expands on the text, allowing for a more sensory experience of the information in the book. The DVD provides an inside look into the world of sea ice research, discusses the concept of sea ice as a social-ecological system, includes extensive footage of the techniques described in the book, explores Native knowledge of sea ice with the voices of Iñupiat Eskimo elders and ice experts, tells the story of sea ice use and research over time, and includes helpful animations illustrating key sea ice processes and lesson plans for grades 6-12.
Cover illustration Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, by David Mollett, © 1990
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