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UndercoverEisAgenten - The Arctic Permafrost Citizen Science Project

Mueller, Marlin M. and Thiel, Christian and Klan, Friederike and Lenz, Josefine and Kaiser, Soraya and Langer, Moritz and Lantuit, Hugues and Marx, Sabrina and Fritz, Oliver and Zipf, Alexader (2022) UndercoverEisAgenten - The Arctic Permafrost Citizen Science Project. ECSA Conference 2022, 2022-10-05 - 2022-10-08, Berlin, Deutschland.

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People in the Arctic have been experiencing severe changes to their environments for several decades. In particular the thawing of permafrost affects the livelihoods of indigenous people and has far-reaching ecological impacts including the additional release of greenhouse gases. By fusing local knowledge on landscape changes in Northwest Canada and remote sensing, we seek to better understand and monitor land surface changes attributable to permafrost thaw. The goal is to investigate permafrost thaw impacts through the acquisition and analysis of imagery from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and satellites together with young Citizen Scientists from schools in Northwest Canada and Germany. For this, we utilize DJI Mini 2 drones in combination with the Litchi for DJI mobile application as the controller software. This combination allows for the easy creation of flight mission with standardized parameters to enable reproducible results. Permafrost landscapes often feature striking polygonal surface structures which change dynamically when thawing processes are in progress. The polygonal landscape structures extend over different spatial scales and can be used to determine the severity of permafrost thaw. While very high-resolution UAV imagery provides detailed insights into the small-scale thermo-hydrological and geomorphological processes, local knowledge and experience is required to identify relevant sites and to set the environmental changes into temporal, cultural, societal, and economic context. These data and background information are urgently needed to improve our prediction on the impacts of permafrost thaw. To this end, school classes in Germany and the Canadian Arctic will collaborate on the analysis of high-resolution remote sensing data. The students will use a mobile application to map striking structures and changes in the land surface on satellites and UAV images. Utilizing feedback from co-creative workshops with German teachers, concepts are being developed to introduce the different topics of this project into school curricula of German high schools. This project will enable the development of better climate adaptation planning tools for local communities and engage Canadian and German students and citizen scientists in Arctic climate research. The project UndercoverEisAgenten, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, was initiated in summer 2021.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/189212/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:UndercoverEisAgenten - The Arctic Permafrost Citizen Science Project
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Mueller, Marlin M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7267-3886UNSPECIFIED
Thiel, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5144-8145UNSPECIFIED
Klan, FriederikeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1856-7334UNSPECIFIED
Lenz, JosefineAlfred-Wegener-Institut, Potsdamhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4050-3169UNSPECIFIED
Kaiser, SorayaAlfred-Wegener-Institut, PotsdamUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Langer, MoritzAlfred-Wegener-Institut, Potsdamhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2704-3655UNSPECIFIED
Lantuit, HuguesAlfred-Wegener-Institut, PotsdamUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:7 October 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:permafrost, UAV, citizen science, Canada, climate change
Event Title:ECSA Conference 2022
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:5 October 2022
Event End Date:8 October 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - QS-Project_04 Big-Data-Plattform
Location: Jena
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Data Science > Data Acquisition and Mobilisation
Deposited By: Müller, Marlin
Deposited On:02 Nov 2022 11:26
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:50

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