Faculty from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School - Geography-Anthropology program, the School of Social Work and the Department of Art led students on an interdisciplinary, boundary-spanning, research field trip to south Greenland during the summer of 2022. The field trip was a culmination of a two year project, “Maine-Greenland Collaborations,” supported by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.

Over the past two years, the project has explored the environmental, socioeconomic and cultural changes and challenges facing small coastal communities in south Greenland and Maine. The project engaged faculty and students in research and creative practices that focused on understanding human-environment interactions and the impacts of ecological change on people and the landscape. Students were trained in convergent approaches, drawing upon knowledge and methods from the fields of geography, Geographic Information Systems, art and social work. Students learned to use and analyze satellite data to measure landscape change, employ social science and social work methods of data collection and analysis, and study how digital media and photography could be used to record the stories of communities both near and far.

Read the original article at the website for the University of Southern Maine: https://usm.maine.edu/publicaffairs/maine-greenland-collaboration-joins-usm-students-and-faculty-southern-greenland