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Discovering the Arctic

Get excited about Arctic science and geography!


Discovering the Arctic is an award-winning education resource for schools, developed by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

This is a curriculum-based resource, full of interactive content and downloads, aimed at GCSE level in England and Wales (14-16 year olds) but suitable for other age groups. The story of the Arctic is about people and place. Explore this region and how it is changing with the help of the people who live and work there. Journey across the top of the world with the help of your Arctic guides, and discover more about this remote, cold, challenging and amazing wilderness!


Discovering the Arctic   Where do I start? Try the Arctic climate challenge.

Discovering the Arctic   What’s effecting Arctic glaciers? Find out here.

Discovering the Arctic    Feeling sensitive? Find out about Arctic climate.

Discovering the Arctic   Nature’s riches. The Arctic has plenty of resources.

Discovering the Arctic   Arctic science. The world’s most northerly research community.

Discovering the Arctic   Legend of the north. Where exactly does Santa live?

Discovering the Arctic   Using the land. Find out about the reindeer herders.

Discovering the Arctic   Troubled waters. Can you navigate the fabled north-west passage?

Discovering the Arctic   Surrounding the pole. How well do you know your Arctic states?


The website is broken down into a number of easy-to-use sections:


Climate change
How will climate change affect the Arctic, and what implications will this have for the rest of the world?

Arctic science
This region is a magnet for scientists, whether from the past, the present or the future. Find out why!

Postcard from the edge
Nearly a million tourists visit the Arctic every year. How does this affect the local environment and population?

Resources from the edge
Discover the wealth of the Arctic region, and how the people who live there make use of it.

Snow, water, ice, permafrost
Will a changing Arctic bring threats or opportunities? Explore this snow, water, ice, permafrost in the Arctic section to find out.

Living on the edge
Find out what it’s like to live in one of the most northerly communities in the world.

Hunter or hunted?
Arctic species have evolved and apapted to live in extreme conditions, but some are at risk.

Troubled waters
Discover what it is like to sail through the ice infested waters of the Arctic Ocean!

Arctic Circumpolar Governance
The Inukshuk has become the symbol of Inuit self-dtermination. Find out more about how the Arctic is governed.

Adapting to change
The threat of substantial release of methane, carbon dioxide and marine sediments could transfor models of Climate Change so needs investigation.

There is also a resource finder and a dedicated teachers’ area.