Magazine article Geographical

The Future at Your Fingertips: Begin Your Physical and Intellectual Adventures at the Touch of a Button with Our Ever-Expanding Database of Society-Funded Expedition and Fieldwork Reports, the Most Up-to-Date Resources for Researchers and Schools, as Well as Unique Ideas for the Inquisitively Minded Traveller

Magazine article Geographical

The Future at Your Fingertips: Begin Your Physical and Intellectual Adventures at the Touch of a Button with Our Ever-Expanding Database of Society-Funded Expedition and Fieldwork Reports, the Most Up-to-Date Resources for Researchers and Schools, as Well as Unique Ideas for the Inquisitively Minded Traveller

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THE SOCIETY IS committed to advancing geographical knowledge about tire most important changes taking place in our world right now and sharing it with people, wherever they live. Whether that means discovering the polar regions through the first-hand experiences of individuals who live and work there; finding out more about the local, national and global implications of climate change; gaining access to the latest research from leading academics; or learning from the reports of Society-funded fieldwork and scientific expeditions, you can do it all online using our growing database of digital resources.

New for 2010 is Discovering the Arctic, an interactive educational website created by the Society in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. the British Antarctic Survey, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. The site encourages visitors to consider what life is like for the inhabitants of some of the northernmost communities on the planet.

Combining vibrant photography and personal videos with downloadable activity packs and games that take you on a guided tour across tire 'end of the Earth', it builds on the success of its award-winning sister site for schools, Discovering Antarctica.

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'The brilliant thing about Discovering the Arctic is that it's so up to date,' says Peter Mather, head of geography at Greenford High School in Southall, Middlesex. 'It allows teachers to demonstrate to pupils exactly what's happening in the Arctic today. This has really helped my class visualise the area's complexities and its important relationships with the rest of the world.'

Featuring commentaries from local residents such as Nancy, from Canada's Nunavut territory, Discovering the Arctic investigates how climate change affects the area's environments indigenous people and wildlife: and explains how scientists have used the International Polar Year (2007-08) as an opportunity to examine the international impact of changes to shipping, governance and the exploitation of the region's resources.

'Climate change has to be understood both as a physical occurrence and as an idea that is changing society and the way people think of the future,' says Professor Mike Hulme, editor-in-chief of WIREs Climate Change, another unique online resource launched by the Society this year. …

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