By Emily Wolfe
Two of our partner scientists stepped up to the plate for ASC this winter, organizing a session about our work at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting—the largest, most influential earth science conference in the world.
With 23,000-plus attendees, the conference is a platform for presenting new research spanning the entire realm of Earth and space science, said ASC partner Dr. Dragos Zaharescu, a research fellow at Biosphere 2 who set up the session with Dr. Natalie Kehrwald, an ASC glaciologist partner who works with the University of Venice.
Entitled Is Global Citizen Science the Next Big Science?, the session featured ASC mountaineer Dr. Hari Mix, a paleoclimatologist, and Executive Director Gregg Treinish.
“For years I wanted to get in touch with mountaineers to see about the possibilities of obtaining samples for my own research on thinning glaciers,” said Natalie, who learned of ASC at AGU in 2011. “I have had great interactions with ASC and would like other scientists to know this great opportunity exists.”
Hari kicked off the session showing photographs from his climbs in Tajikistan and in the Everest region, where he collected samples for Dragos and Natalie, respectively. Hari, who presented his own work in another AGU session, focused his ASC presentation on the human and adventure aspects of those climbs.
“It made the session very exciting,” Dragos said.
After Hari, ASC Executive Director Gregg Treinish spoke about our organizational history and about the various places we’ve worked, from the American prairie to Himalayan peaks, coastal Alaska and the Okavango Delta, Botswana. He emphasized how we ensure data integrity by creating straightforward protocols with our partner scientists, and through proper volunteer training.
“I think scientists have a [responsibility] to show how their work connects to the ‘outside world’—i.e. outside of science, but also in the sense of the total environment,” Natalie said. “Working with adventurers who are committed to the outdoors is one way of showing this connection. I sincerely hope to be able to continue and expand such work in the future.”
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