Currents of Climate Change

Currents of Climate Change, written by 9th-grade integrated science teacher and Fund for Teachers research grant winner Megan Frayne, was born from the question: how can we get the youth of today invested in preserving our environment and seeking solutions to the climate change issues we are presented with if they are not invested in the environment to begin with?

Currents of Climate Change is a project aimed at tracing the physical flow of glacial melt waters from the Greenlandic Ice sheet, into the Atlantic Ocean currents, and back to us here in Connecticut. Ultimately, by connecting Norwich Free Academy students with authentic local and state level research experiences, in addition to top scientists in the Arctic, we can begin to make a difference!

Please subscribe to this blog to stay involved. Be sure to follow @nfaschool on Instagram and Twitter. You can also follow @currentsofclimate on Instagram, for additional photos and information for how you can help. Questions? email Ms. Frayne during her trip at fraynem@nfaschool.org.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts! The journey begins Friday, June 16, 2017.
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The Anatomy of an Ice Core--Overview

I'm standing in a -20C freezer in Copenhagen. It's been hot the past few days in the city, not unlike the summer weather in Connecticut. I actually managed to get a sunburn which is a humorous talking point to everyone I meet. Dr. Sune Rasmussen, my main collaborator for this adventure is …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Thursday July 20
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Answers to the tough questions...

Recently the New York Times ran an excellent story on climate change that puts things into terms everyone can understand. So without further ado, here is the link below. Please give it a read! It really is great at tackling big questions. 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/…

Posted by Megan Frayne on Wednesday July 19
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Deciphering the Break: Calving of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica

 

I've dreaded this moment for awhile now. For over a year I've been following the progress of the fracture along the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. The images coming from the flyovers were incredible. Here was this gash across the ice shelf, an ominous warning of what to come. But the …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Wednesday July 12
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Where is the Tardis? Real Life Time Machines

I'm staring out across the ice sheet again. It's become an obsession. It just never ends. If I squint I swear the white of the sheet and the white of the clouds just merge into one infinite entity. I ponder the same deep, existential thoughts I've been wrestling with for a day or so now. 

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Posted by Megan Frayne on Tuesday July 11 at 11:36PM
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What is EastGRIP doing for Climate Change?

Now the biggest questions I have been getting from individuals that I speak to about my project is "What does a trip to an ice core drilling site have to do with climate change?" Sure, you get to go to the polar ice cap, fly on the 109th, get to live in the camp for a few days. But what's the point?…

Posted by Megan Frayne on Friday July 7 at 07:42PM
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EastGRIP Camp Life

After the initial craziness of our arrival we are taken inside the Dome and given a quick briefing as to how things are done at Camp. It is run rather strictly, and with almost military precision. I would learn quickly why this is---when you have 24hrs of sunlight burning down on you at all times a …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Saturday July 1
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The Greenlandic Ice Sheet---the Top of the World

Flying in the C130 is an adventure in itself. In talking with the managers of the EastGRIP drilling project, about fifty percent of their budget goes toward fueling the planes that get them up to the site which is located another two and half to three hours northeast from Kangerlussuaq. They are in …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Tuesday June 27
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To the Edge of the World

Landing in Kangerlussuaq felt like landing on another planet. As the plane started to come in for the landing on the small, flat plain that sits just right of an airport in Greenland, I could not see much due to cloud cover. Then suddenly all I could see were massive cliffs of granite overlooking a …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Saturday June 24
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First glimpses of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet

I'm half-asleep and halfway through the first five hour leg of my flight across the Atlantic. I will spend four days in Copenhagen, Denmark meeting with scientists and touring a research facility at the Niels Bohr Institute prior to my departure for Greenland. As many of you know, Greenland is the …

Posted by Megan Frayne on Saturday June 17
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