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PARTNERS Project: Fluxes in Arctic Rivers

June 26 - July 17, 2005 | Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers, Alaska and Canada

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Amy Clapp Teacher
Amy Clapp
Salisbury Community School
Salisbury, Vermont
Max Holmes Researcher
Max Holmes
Woods Hole Research Center
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Listen to researcher Max Holmes describe his research project and teacher Amy Clapp talk about her expectations of the field experience in this audio file from a recent TREC webinar. To listen, click the link below:

mp3 Audio - Webinar (2 MB - MP3)

Click here for a press release announcing this project.

Amy and Max traveled to two of the largest rivers in the Arctic as part of the PARTNERS (Pan-Arctic River Transport of Nutrients, Organic Matter, and Suspended Sediments) project. The research included sampling of river water chemistry of the Yukon and Mackenzie rivers to determine the origins and fates of continental runoff. The PARTNERS project is a 5-year project funded by the US National Science Foundation's Arctic System Science Program. Understanding sources and fates of river discharge is important because rivers make an enormous contribution to the freshwater budget of the Arctic Ocean. General Circulation Models predict river and freshwater changes with continued global warming, with major consequences for global ocean circulation and climate. Already, large-scale changes in the arctic hydrologic cycle are evident, including increasing discharge in major Eurasian arctic rivers.

For more about the PARTNERS project, click here.

At 2,600 miles, the Mackenzie river is the longest river in North America. The Mackenzie River begins at Great Slave Lake and flows north to the Arctic Ocean. The Yukon River holds a three way tie as the 2 nd longest river in North America. The Mississippi, Missouri and Yukon rivers are each 2,300 miles long. The Yukon travels north through the Yukon Territories in Canada, and through Alaska, emptying into the Bering Sea.

Amy and Max are both second-time TREC participants, and have continued to bring their TREC experiences to schools and audiences in their home states and elsewhere. To learn about their TREC 2004 expedition in Siberia, click here.

Amy Clapp is a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade science teacher at Salisbury Community School in Salisbury, Vermont. Ms. Clapp has been named Science Network Leader for the state of Vermont and was nominated for teacher of the year in the Addison Central Supervisory Union and the Presidential Science Teaching Award. Ms. Clapp is hoping to expand upon the research she and Max conducted during the 2004 TREC expedition, not only in the field but in the classroom as well. Through her previous TREC experience, Ms. Clapp "…experienced how getting kids truly involved in scientific research can both help the scientific project and get students enthusiastic about the process of science." After completing this TREC session, Ms. Clapp hopes to mentor other teachers planning to travel with the TREC program, as well as share the experiences and benefits of arctic research to students and teachers alike.

Dr. Max Holmes is an Associate Scientist for the Woods Hole Research Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He has served in the past as a Staff Scientist at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a research associate for Arizona State University. Dr. Holmes is hoping to continue to develop the collaboration he and his accompanying teacher established during last years TREC expedition. "The interaction with teachers and K-12 students has had a big impact on how I think about science and the way I want to pursue my research in the future," says Dr. Holmes. To fully benefit from the expedition Dr. Holmes is interested in attending educational conferences to present what he, Amy, and others are doing with Teacher-Researcher collaborations”.


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