JIRP 2017 Academics and Research

Welcome to JIRP 2017!

[UPDATE (May 25, 2017): Juneau icefield mobile mapping information at bottom of this page!]

We are excited to launch the JIRP 2017 academic program with a number of pre-JIRP readings that we hope will provide you with an understanding of the scope of JIRP and some background on the core disciplines and research areas. Please review the following content in order; more general content comes first, and increases in specificity. Note that all of these materials will be available while on the Icefield in digital and/or hard-copy; you don't need to bring them with you.

As you review this content prior to your departure for Juneau, please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions:

  • Dr. Erin Whitney, Executive Director (edubbs.jirp@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Matthew Beedle, Director of Academics and Research (matt.jirp@gmail.com)
  • Mary Gianotti, Program Coordinator (mary.jirp@gmail.com)

We are thrilled that you will be a member of the 2017 JIRP expedition and hope you enjoy getting acquainted with the academic program.

Before you dive into the pre-JIRP readings, check out these two videos for a bit of background on JIRP history and science (mass-balance focus), and a bit of a view of the landscape you'll be experiencing this summer:

Pre-JIRP Readings

Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the recommended pre-JIRP content below. Some of the suggested readings are scientific papers, while others are blog posts or other online content. First is the JIRP 2017 syllabus and course outline with three general readings. This is followed by one-page overviews of each of the six core research project areas, each of which includes one to two suggested readings. Accompanying each of these overviews are the final posters that the 2016 research teams presented at the AGU Fall Meeting. Finally, the pre-JIRP suggested readings concludes with a letter from the leader of our Science Communication curriculum and a few more suggested posts from the JIRP blog. As you work through this content ahead of JIRP 2017, please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions.


    1. JIRP 2017 Syllabus and Course Outline:

    Please begin your review of the 2017 academic program by reading the syllabus and course outline


    2. Three Suggested pre-JIRP readings:

    Listed at the end of the syllabus are three general, suggested pre-JIRP readings, but first - and particularly if you haven't had much exposure to peer-reviewed literature - have a quick look at the following content on reading scientific papers . . .

    Don’t be discouraged if these readings are your first foray into the world of academic literature. These papers can be daunting, even for experts in the field! As part of JIRP we will discuss and have sessions on reading scientific literature within the science communication portion of our curriculum. As an intro, however, and as a nice review before digging in to the pre-JIRP readings, please review these:


    Three pre-JIRP readings

    Please review the following more general pre-JIRP readings in order. The first is a historical look at the beginnings of JIRP. The second is a review paper on the bigger picture of glacier research and glacier recession, now over a decade old, but provides a nice overview of glacier research. The third paper discusses the role of glaciers in the ecosystem you will come know well - the Northern Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest.


    2. Six Overviews of 2017 Research Project Areas:

    Each of the six core research areas are outlined in one-page overviews below. Associated with each are a few suggested readings, including JIRP blog posts, websites, peer-reviewed papers and the 2016 JIRP research posters. Please click on the hyperlink to access the associated PDF or website. We suggest starting with the one-page overviews of each project area before digging more deeply in one topic.


    Science Communication

    Finally, we will conclude the suggested pre-JIRP content with two recent articles on science communication strategies, a letter from one of our science communication faculty members (Annie Boucher), and links to a number of selected JIRP blogs from 2016.

    The Science of Science Communication, Kristin Miller, April 28, 2017, Moyers & Company

    Communicating climate change: Focus on the framing, not just the facts, Rose Hendricks, March 5, 2017, The Conversation

    JIRP 2017 Blog Introduction Letter

    Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to follow along during the summer on The JIRP Blog.

    We hope you enjoy the JIRP blog and we look forward to the stories you will tell in 2017!

    Please be in touch with any questions you have as you work your way through these pre-JIRP readings. We hope you enjoy this content, and look forward to meeting you Juneau!


    Juneau Icefield Mobile Mapping

    If you plan on bringing a smartphone on the Icefield - or if you just want to explore digital maps before and after JIRP - please take advantage of the following mobile mapping options specific to JIRP. Please note that a smartphone is not required equipment for JIRP and while they offer some conveniences, there are challenges, too, particularly with limited charging capacity and adverse conditions.

    To get started with JIRP Mobile Mapping, please see this document:

    Mobile Mapping on the Juneau Icefield

    A huge thanks to JIRP faculty member Scott McGee for putting together the GeoPDFs and mobile mapping information for JIRP 2017!