Mapping Permafrost Adventures

Dates: July 10-21, 2017
Cost: $700.00

We are looking for adventurers to create an interactive Story Map Journal to help educate the Fairbanks public about permafrost. This two-week module will be field trip focused, going all around the Fairbanks area learning about permafrost through first-hand experiences. The students will assume scientist roles though real fieldwork, data collection, and scientific analysis. Some of the planned adventures include spending a full day within the Permafrost Tunnel, exploring Creamer's Field, visiting the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and investigating the hidden locations of permafrost in the Fairbanks area. We will visit with scientists to learn about permafrost and climate change research, engineers to learn about permafrost building techniques, and people who have been personally affected by permafrost.  
Each student will be responsible for creating a portion of the interactive, multimedia Story Map Journal with the latest mapping technology, ArcGIS Online. With a Story Map Journal, the viewer is led though locations on a map with incorporated videos, still images, text, and web links (click here for last year’s Story Map http://bit.ly/asra-permafrost-2016).  Each student will choose a theme related to basic permafrost knowledge, where permafrost is located, vegetation related to permafrost, current science research on permafrost, and permafrost building practices. During field trips, the students will be responsible for data collection for the map with handheld GPS units, cameras, and notes. The final Story Map Journal will be made publicly available. This map will guide others on their own permafrost adventures, making them more aware of the hidden world of permafrost around them. 

Apply hereLink only works during application period, February 1 through April 15

Meet the Instructors 


Margaret Cysewski, PhD student, University of Alaska Fairbanks

I was raised in Fairbanks and became fascinated with permafrost during my undergraduate in Civil Engineering at UAF. I earned my Masters in Arctic Engineering and currently working on my PhD in Permafrost Engineering. My research is writing about human interactions with permafrost, both in the past and in the future with climate change. I was an intern at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) for several years, where I helped excavate the expansion of the Permafrost Tunnel. I gained interest in teaching permafrost through the dozens of Permafrost Tunnel tours I have given. I have always had a love of learning to fulfill my curiosity. I also like to travel and explore. I am excited to share the hidden world of permafrost that exists all around Fairbanks. 


Christine Keill, Masters student, Department of Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Growing up in Fairbanks I was always interested in being outdoors and exploring new wilderness. I graduated from UAF with a Geography degree in 2013 and have spent the last 3 years working with students to generate maps and learn about their surroundings through a grant at UAF.  I am currently working on a masters degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in Earth Science. I love working with students and sharing my excitement about science and mapping. I look forward to adventuring and learning together this summer.

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