"Frozen-Ground Cartoons": Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement

Frédéric Bouchard, Julie Sansoulet, Michael Fritz, Julie Malenfant-Lepage, Alexandre Nieuwendam, Michel Paquette, Ashley C.A. Rudy, Matthias B. Siewert, Ylva Sjöberg, George Tanski, J. Otto Habeck, Jon Harbor

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Permafrost occupies 20 million square kilometres of Earth's high-latitude and high-altitude landscapes. These regions are sensitive to climate change and human activities; hence, permafrost research is of considerable scientific and societal importance. However, the results of this research are generally not known by the general public. Communicating scientific concepts is an increasingly important task in the research world. Different ways to engage learners and incorporate narratives in teaching materials exist, yet they are generally underused. Here we report on an international scientific outreach project called "Frozen-Ground Cartoons", which aims at making permafrost science accessible and fun for students, teachers, and parents through the creation of comic strips. We present the context in which the project was initiated, as well as recent education and outreach activities. The future phases of the project primarily involve a series of augmented reality materials, such as maps, photos, videos, and 3D drawings. With this project we aim to foster understanding of permafrost research among broader audiences, inspire future permafrost researchers, and raise public and science community awareness of polar science, education, outreach, and engagement.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPolar Record
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Feb 2019

Fingerprint

frozen ground
cartoon
permafrost
education
science
teaching materials
student teacher
parents
climate change
video
narrative
human activity
student
project
community

Keywords

  • Art
  • Comics
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Permafrost
  • Science communication

Cite this

Bouchard, F., Sansoulet, J., Fritz, M., Malenfant-Lepage, J., Nieuwendam, A., Paquette, M., ... Harbor, J. (2019). "Frozen-Ground Cartoons": Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement. Polar Record, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247418000633
Bouchard, Frédéric ; Sansoulet, Julie ; Fritz, Michael ; Malenfant-Lepage, Julie ; Nieuwendam, Alexandre ; Paquette, Michel ; Rudy, Ashley C.A. ; Siewert, Matthias B. ; Sjöberg, Ylva ; Tanski, George ; Habeck, J. Otto ; Harbor, Jon. / "Frozen-Ground Cartoons" : Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement. In: Polar Record. 2019 ; pp. 1-7.
@article{d6e727784ea34474a58eabf0f6b90be1,
title = "{"}Frozen-Ground Cartoons{"}: Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement",
abstract = "Permafrost occupies 20 million square kilometres of Earth's high-latitude and high-altitude landscapes. These regions are sensitive to climate change and human activities; hence, permafrost research is of considerable scientific and societal importance. However, the results of this research are generally not known by the general public. Communicating scientific concepts is an increasingly important task in the research world. Different ways to engage learners and incorporate narratives in teaching materials exist, yet they are generally underused. Here we report on an international scientific outreach project called {"}Frozen-Ground Cartoons{"}, which aims at making permafrost science accessible and fun for students, teachers, and parents through the creation of comic strips. We present the context in which the project was initiated, as well as recent education and outreach activities. The future phases of the project primarily involve a series of augmented reality materials, such as maps, photos, videos, and 3D drawings. With this project we aim to foster understanding of permafrost research among broader audiences, inspire future permafrost researchers, and raise public and science community awareness of polar science, education, outreach, and engagement.",
keywords = "Art, Comics, Education, Outreach, Permafrost, Science communication",
author = "Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Bouchard and Julie Sansoulet and Michael Fritz and Julie Malenfant-Lepage and Alexandre Nieuwendam and Michel Paquette and Rudy, {Ashley C.A.} and Siewert, {Matthias B.} and Ylva Sj{\"o}berg and George Tanski and Habeck, {J. Otto} and Jon Harbor",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "19",
doi = "10.1017/S0032247418000633",
language = "English",
pages = "1--7",
journal = "Polar Record",
issn = "0032-2474",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",

}

Bouchard, F, Sansoulet, J, Fritz, M, Malenfant-Lepage, J, Nieuwendam, A, Paquette, M, Rudy, ACA, Siewert, MB, Sjöberg, Y, Tanski, G, Habeck, JO & Harbor, J 2019, '"Frozen-Ground Cartoons": Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement', Polar Record, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247418000633

"Frozen-Ground Cartoons" : Permafrost comics as an innovative tool for polar outreach, education, and engagement. / Bouchard, Frédéric; Sansoulet, Julie; Fritz, Michael; Malenfant-Lepage, Julie; Nieuwendam, Alexandre; Paquette, Michel; Rudy, Ashley C.A.; Siewert, Matthias B.; Sjöberg, Ylva; Tanski, George; Habeck, J. Otto; Harbor, Jon.

In: Polar Record, 19.02.2019, p. 1-7.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - "Frozen-Ground Cartoons"

T2 - Polar Record

AU - Bouchard, Frédéric

AU - Sansoulet, Julie

AU - Fritz, Michael

AU - Malenfant-Lepage, Julie

AU - Nieuwendam, Alexandre

AU - Paquette, Michel

AU - Rudy, Ashley C.A.

AU - Siewert, Matthias B.

AU - Sjöberg, Ylva

AU - Tanski, George

AU - Habeck, J. Otto

AU - Harbor, Jon

PY - 2019/2/19

Y1 - 2019/2/19

N2 - Permafrost occupies 20 million square kilometres of Earth's high-latitude and high-altitude landscapes. These regions are sensitive to climate change and human activities; hence, permafrost research is of considerable scientific and societal importance. However, the results of this research are generally not known by the general public. Communicating scientific concepts is an increasingly important task in the research world. Different ways to engage learners and incorporate narratives in teaching materials exist, yet they are generally underused. Here we report on an international scientific outreach project called "Frozen-Ground Cartoons", which aims at making permafrost science accessible and fun for students, teachers, and parents through the creation of comic strips. We present the context in which the project was initiated, as well as recent education and outreach activities. The future phases of the project primarily involve a series of augmented reality materials, such as maps, photos, videos, and 3D drawings. With this project we aim to foster understanding of permafrost research among broader audiences, inspire future permafrost researchers, and raise public and science community awareness of polar science, education, outreach, and engagement.

AB - Permafrost occupies 20 million square kilometres of Earth's high-latitude and high-altitude landscapes. These regions are sensitive to climate change and human activities; hence, permafrost research is of considerable scientific and societal importance. However, the results of this research are generally not known by the general public. Communicating scientific concepts is an increasingly important task in the research world. Different ways to engage learners and incorporate narratives in teaching materials exist, yet they are generally underused. Here we report on an international scientific outreach project called "Frozen-Ground Cartoons", which aims at making permafrost science accessible and fun for students, teachers, and parents through the creation of comic strips. We present the context in which the project was initiated, as well as recent education and outreach activities. The future phases of the project primarily involve a series of augmented reality materials, such as maps, photos, videos, and 3D drawings. With this project we aim to foster understanding of permafrost research among broader audiences, inspire future permafrost researchers, and raise public and science community awareness of polar science, education, outreach, and engagement.

KW - Art

KW - Comics

KW - Education

KW - Outreach

KW - Permafrost

KW - Science communication

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85061284510&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85061284510&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0032247418000633

DO - 10.1017/S0032247418000633

M3 - Article

SP - 1

EP - 7

JO - Polar Record

JF - Polar Record

SN - 0032-2474

ER -