What is WCCY ?
WCCY = What is climate change to you ?
It is a simple, personal question - and its the question that drives a Pan-Arctic-American network of youth and teachers partnered with GoNorth! and our Cool Scientists to do science and explore climate change across what is characterized as 'Strums Snow Classes' : that means areas where there is snow pack, that are located in regions of tundra, taiga, prairies, maritime and mountains!
Each community team is given a "kit" with computer, camera, and all the tools needed to do the science in the field along with a guide explaining the different steps - then while Team GoNorth! is in the community, they work together with students and teachers on the different procedures to get the data the scientists are looking for!
Once Team GoNorth! load the sleds back up and hitch the Polar Huskies to head back out on the trail the community team is left with their tools and a community website for them to continuously upload their monthly and annual data and field findings. This is in turned accessed and shared with scientists around the world!
The data that the WCCY community teams provide is exceptionally valuable because it is rare longitudinal climate related data and observations - that means, it is data that continues over time and this mostly from areas where little or no such data and knowledge is available.
I. Make Climate Change photo-stories: Document a snapshot of their community experience of climate change in the form of their own climate stories in words and images.
II. On a monthly basis they document local environmental observations within online Community Climate Diaries
III. During months of snow cover they collect snow depth and SWE measurements, snow crystal observations and generate correlating temperature and humidity sets.
How We Stay Connected
We all stay connected through return-visits by Mille Porsild, GoNorth!'s expedition leader, outing like this years A'wila Tribal Journey 2010, and web casts to discuss and share the adventures of field research, findings and experiences with scientists and youth-to-youth. By 2011 forty schools in Alaska, Far-east Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Canada, US Midwest and US North- and Southeast will be part of the WCCY network.