In 2006, IARC, in cooperation with DAMOCLES (Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies) (Europe), the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Russian Ministry of Science and Education and the Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics (Russia), invited the participation of K-12 teachers for this unique opportunity.

This Arctic Expedition was concurrent with the 5th scientific cruise to the Arctic Ocean of the Nansen Amundsen Basins Observation System (NABOS) program that is funded by NOAA, NSF and JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology).

The expedition was also offered as a graduate-level course, Climate Change in the Arctic Ocean, with instruction and guidance from an international team of experienced polar researchers specializing in oceanography, meteorology, biology, chemistry, and Arctic paleoclimate.

The pre-college teachers were provided a unique opportunity to learn about and engage in high-latitude Arctic climate change research and to gain a better understanding of how scientific research is done in practice.

Download the cruise booklet (PDF)