To learn more about the JSEP program, check out their official webpage at http://www.arcus.org/jsep.
What Are They Doing?
The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries of the United States, Denmark, and Greenland. The expedition members spent several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research and gained first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.
The 2012 expedition's work built on past expeditions and was supported by the National Science Foundation. The project was developed through cooperation with the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee, which was established in 2004 to broaden and deepen cooperation among the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark, and Greenland.
The program had two components.
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School: 29 June - 12 July 2012
US Science Education Week: 12- 22 July 2012
Where Are They?
The group traveled to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Station at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, atop 3,200 meters of ice. Summit Station is a year-round scientific research station funded by the National Science Foundation. The climate in Kangerlussuaq is arctic, with temperatures ranging from -25 to 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year and averaging between 5 and 18 degrees during July.