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NNA: Facilitating increased engagement between the research communities of Greenland and the U.S.


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Society, economy and culture
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Education & Outreach
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Greenland (DK)
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Geolocation is 67.0179977417, -50.69400024414

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Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 64.1833, -51.75

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Greenland is a premier destination for scientists from around the world. The Greenland Ice Sheet contains essential information for understanding Earth's past and present climate. It also serves as a pristine laboratory for astronomy and astrophysics research and year-round observations of climatic and atmospheric variables. Furthermore, Greenland's socio-ecological systems are bellwethers of climate driven social, cultural, and ecological change. With recognition of the importance of research in these and other disciplines, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), and other U.S. institutions fund a significant amount of scientific research in Greenland. Currently, many U.S. scientists pursue a Western model of research, for which they conduct science but have little, if any, contact with Greenlandic scientists and communities. Thus, science remains a unilateral, foreign pursuit, and is invisible to the public. Community engagement does not always fit within the traditional structure of Arctic field work, and U.S. scientists do not have the skills, training, or network for pursuing successful and ethical collaborations or outreach. As a result, there are few examples of co-production of research. Local citizens also have questions, concerns, and skepticism regarding U.S. scientific presence in Greenland. However, there is significant interest from both the U.S. and the Greenlandic research communities in codeveloping a bilateral model for collaborative research, outreach, and education projects in Greenland. Developing new approaches to Arctic research, through cooperation with scientists and stakeholders in Greenland, is a unique opportunity to contribute to "Navigating the New Arctic", one of the National Science Foundation's 10 Big Ideas. A research framework for Greenland that involves: 1) co-production by members of the U.S. and Greenlandic research communities, and 2) increased community engagement and student education, will place the U.S. and Greenland at the cutting edge of Arctic research. To explore a new model for research in Greenland, researchers will host a workshop in Nuuk, Greenland that will bring together researchers from Greenland and the U.S. to discuss how to increase and facilitate successful collaborations. Expected outcomes include (1) a strong bilateral network of researchers who have an interest in future collaborations and (2) a report that includes a set of recommendations from each the U.S. and Greenlandic research communities about priorities and needs for increased research, outreach, and education collaborations.