Hot Times in Cold Places: Permafrost During Climate Change is National Science Foundation (NSF) informal science education grant on permafrost and climate change. It is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and the Goldstream Group.
The project plans are:
1) creating a national traveling museum exhibition on permafrost and climate change, which will be the first of its kind
2) developing educational products that we will travel with to rural Alaskan villages for community science programs
3) improving the exhibits and signage at the Permafrost Tunnel
4) conducting research on the importance and value of real objects (versus replicated and/or virtual) in informal science learning
We have additional support from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), the owners of the Permafrost Tunnel near Fox, Alaska. The University of Alaska Museum of the North has lend us Pleistocene bones for our outreach events and created our 360° virtual tunnel tour video. The UAF Geophysical Institute Education Outreach lends us their portable planetarium to play our virtual tunnel tour.