The Arctic is warming twice as fast as any other region on Earth. Join Frontier Scientists investigating the shifting climate of our changing world.
Scientists gather historic climate clues at Lake El’gygytgyn, a site in Siberia where an asteroid impacted earth 3.6 million years ago. There an international team used a giant drill set atop a frozen lake to extract earth cores from the site of the impact. This depositional record represents 3.6 million years worth of data concerning our planet’s climate history.
Then, learn how zooarchaeologist tease secrets about the distant past from bones. The populations and habitat ranges of animals like the Northern Fur Seal have changed over time due to weather events, human interaction, and climate shifts. Zooarchaeologists use archaeology to understand climate history.
In modern times the ranges of plants are shifting north because plants flourish best in a temperature-specific environment. Changing environmental conditions are making plants march north, shifting entire ecosystems across the planet along with climate change. ITEX, the International Tundra Experiment, tracks environmental change in the Arctic.
Wildfires change the face of the Arctic, burning tundra and releasing the carbon stored in ancient previously-frozen plant matter as carbon dioxide gas. Explore wildfire’s influence on world climate and investigate other climate-influencing factors in our climate change watch project. Plus, science education is a vital part of encouraging students to pursue STEM careers. See how teachers use innovative methods to bring climate change science to classrooms.