Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Arctic Resources

 Since getting home to Cortes, I have read madly. Books have been a way to build off of the trip, as well as pretend I'm still there.  The learning continues... 
As I write this, I am waiting to board the Vancouver ferry. For the next few days, I will be immersed in Arctic research. The annual ArcticNet Conference is in Vancouver, and I've abandoned school in order to attend. As ArcticNet supports much of the Canadian research in the arctic, as well as the Amundsen and the Schools on Board program, many of the scientists from the ship will be there. I can't wait to see them all!

I will write a post after the conference, but, in the meantime, I'll leave you with this list of resources. This is by no means a definitive list - simply what I have found interesting.

Climate Change and Science

The Changing Arctic Environment: The Arctic Messenger 
By David P. Stone

The Right To Be Cold
By Sheila Watt-Cloutier
An excellent book on climate change as a human rights issue.

The Arctic Climate System
By Mark C. Serreze and Roger G. Barry
Complex but definitive overview of the climate system.

Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic
By Marla Cone

Ted Talk: "Arctic Amplification" of Global Warming by Prof. Philip Wookey

The base of the arctic food chain and primary production timing: http://www.whoi.edu/cms/files/jietal_gcb12074_138980.pdf

***Very good videos, some filmed from the Amundsen are made by Parafilms (Search “Parafilms” on Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/parafilms
Discover the Arctic Ocean - https://vimeo.com/123017093
Climate Change - https://vimeo.com/122800376
Stratification - https://vimeo.com/125523274

Children’s Picture Books

Mama, do you love me? 
By Barbara M. Joosse

North Pole, South Pole
By Nancy Smiler Levinson ; illustrated by Diane Dawson Hearn

Ookpik : the travels of a snowy owl 
By Bruce Hiscock

Whale snow 
By Debby Dahl Edwardson ; illustrated by Annie Patterson

Kumak's fish : a tall tale from the far north 
By Michael Bania

Berry Magic 
By Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon ; illustrated by Teri Sloat

Children’s/YA Novels

The Call of the Wild

The Golden Compass (sometimes called The Northern Lights)
By Philip Pullman

Big, Beautiful Coffee-Table Books

By Jerry Kobalenko

Through the Eyes of the Vikings: An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands
By Robert B. Hass

The Center for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba, has published several books. They are all very beautiful, and the CCGS Amundsen and some of the scientists onboard during Schools on Board were involved. They are difficult to get hold of.


Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage
By Kathleen Winter
A beautiful book by a brilliant Canadian writer.

Unraveling the Franklin Mystery: Inuit Testimony
By David C. Woodman

Camille Seaman
Camille Seaman takes beautiful photos of icebergs. She has also given a TED talk, which shows the flipping of an iceberg.


“Before Tomorrow”
(Available at the Co-op)

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