Initial Publication Date: February 4, 2022

Development Team

Project Leaders

Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder, is the Director of CIRES Education & Outreach Program and a climate scientist by training. She has conducted educational research on spatial thinking with undergraduate students and research on how to effectively teach about the climate system for over 10 years. Anne co-leads the education components of the MOSAiC coordination grant and the Navigating the New Arctic Community Office.

Emily Ward, University of Colorado at Boulder, is a curriculum developer, educational researcher and program evaluator with CIRES Education & Outreach. She focuses her research and development work on the design and assessment of place-based geoscience curricula, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and field experiences.

Alia Khan,Western Washington University, is an Assistant Professor. Khan applies environmental chemistry to document global change in the cryosphere, and her research explores the impact of aerosol deposition to the surface of snow and ice, and the resulting impacts on spectral albedo, melt, and water quality. She has conducted field campaigns to study glaciers, sea ice, snow packs, meltwater and lakes in the Arctic, Antarctic, Himalayas, Andes, and Rocky Mountains.

Twila Moon, University of Colorado at Boulder, is an National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Research Scientist and specializes in glaciology, Greenland and Arctic system science, and science communication. She is the Lead PI on the EarthCube QGreenland: Enabling Science through GIS project.

Spruce Schoenemann, The University of Montana-Western, is an Associate Professor. His research goals are to understand the past climate to provide context for the climate changes of today and the future. He does this by using environmental archives of climate including ice cores, lake sediments, tree rings, and isotopes from polar and alpine environments including Antarctica, Greenland, British Columbia and the northern Rocky Mountains.


PolarPASS development was made possible in part through generous contributions from curriculum testers, willing students, and enthusiastic colleagues. Thank you in particular to Matt Olson (Utah Valley University), Al Werner (Mount Holyoke), and Laura Thomson (Queen's University) for additional formal classroom testing during development. We also thank Kathy Bogan at CIRES for logo and other design assistance.

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