TUNDRA Schoolnet is a research-based school project that seeks to promote curiosity and knowledge about tundra ecosystems in the Arctic to students and teachers in tundra regions. Local communities in the North are experiencing changes in their environment, which are both more rapid and radical than in more southern areas. It is important to communicate knowledge about these changes directly to people living in the northern tundra. This will contribute to awareness and understanding of the ecological impact of climate change both locally and globally.
The two main goals of TUNDRA schoolnet are:
- Promote awareness, curiosity and commitment for the arctic tundra ecosystem, through research-based education
- Establish a circumpolar network for teachers and students, to create a common understanding of climate-related challenges in the North
The project has been running since 2011. Throughout the project period, we have produced educational material for the project schools focusing on northern ecosystems. By making educational material including both guides for field studies and suitable learning material, we want to enable teachers and students to investigate wildlife, which they can encounter in vicinity of their school.
The activities in the project are based on hypotheses, however simplified and adapted to the target group. The hypotheses are decomposed into basic questions in general ecology in order to create an overall understanding. Educational material directed at both pupils and teachers is available, so far in Norwegian only, at Sustain.no (Nettverk for miljølære).
Current activities in TUNDRA Schoolnet
AMINOR: Advanced Environmental Research in the North
AMINOR is a multidisciplinary research network consisting of national and international students, junior and senior researchers. The AMINOR research network focuses on the integration of monitoring, science and management, with a particular emphasis on northern areas and environmental changes.
The main goals of the AMINOR research network and research school are to train MSc and PhD students and to create a forum for developing competences for researchers within the FRAM Centre – whose mission is to contribute to the management and monitoring of environment and natural resources in the North. The AMINOR research school is hosted by the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at the University of Tromsø.