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Author : Christian Schott
School/Work Place : Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Contact : christian.schott@vuw.ac.nz
Year : 2012

Due to the financial constraints on the part of the educational institution as well as the student, offsetting the GHG emissions generated by the fieldtrip is often not regarded as financially feasible, or subject to doubts about the integrity and implementation of carbon-offsetting. Furthermore, there are other pressures such as increasing institutional concern about liability issues which pose further challenges to the fieldtrip tradition. Positioned in this context, the notion of a ‘virtual’ fieldtrip supported by students conducting real fieldwork offers a very attractive option to harness many of the pedagogical benefits of real fieldtrips, while minimising the production of GHG emissions. Innovation in the form of significant advances in virtual reality software over the last decade is at the heart of this opportunity, which allows students to learn about the rationale for and practice of sustainable development in a very vivid manner while minimising their own contribution to environmentally unsustainable activities. The overarching aim of the paper then is to discuss the concept of virtual fieldtrips as a mechanism to directly and indirectly reduce GHG emissions through innovative use of ICT. Specifically, the paper’s aims are as follows:

  • Provide a brief overview of how a virtual fieldtrip can be implemented
  • Examine the reduction in GHG emissions achieved by conducting a virtual instead of a real fieldtrip
  • Discuss the climate change-related educational implications of conducting a virtual fieldtrip which focuses on sustainable tourism development

List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
11 Think Tank XIV Exploring the potential of Community Based Ecotourism ... file 4122 Jun 27, 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a...

Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata 

Year: 2014 

10 Think Tank XII The Climate Footprint of Nature-based Tourism - The ca... file 19493 Nov 06, 2013

Nature-based tourism is a form of travel that is often believed to lend itself more to sustainable development than other tourism segments. In fact, the concept of ecotourism – defined as nature tourism that is sustainable – was developed in...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2012 

» Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2499 Nov 06, 2013

Due to the financial constraints on the part of the educational institution as well as the student, offsetting the GHG emissions generated by the fieldtrip is often not regarded as financially feasible, or subject to doubts about the integri...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2012 

8 Think Tank XII Sustainable Tourism: Is it better to travel or not to ... file 4506 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism’s growing contribution to climate change has come to the forefront of the sustainable tourism literature as evidenced by the Journal of Sustainable Tourism’s (JOST) 2010 publication of a special issue titled “Tourism: Adapting to Cli...

Author: B. Bynum Boley 

Year: 2012 

7 Think Tank X Climate Change Mitigation among Accommodation Provider... file 5118 Oct 13, 2013

This paper explores the relationship between network membership and innovation towards more sustainable tourism development. In particular it examines the extent to which tourism businesses have introduced measures to mitigate the effects of...

Author: Tim Coles, Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner & Claire Dinan 

Year: 2010 

6 Think Tank X The Impact of Climate Change on Alpine Leisure Tourism... file 8035 Oct 13, 2013

This paper presents an interacting multi-agent model as a new method of examining the impact of climate change on Alpine leisure tourism and ski areas in a complex interacting model network. Since tourism varies at a small scale concerning ...

Author: Alexander Dingeldey & Anja Soboll 

Year: 2010 

5 Think Tank X Drowning with Tourism? Stakeholder Perspectives from T... file 3999 Oct 13, 2013

Climate change and its impacts on nations, regions and populations as well as its anthropogenic causes have become one of the prevailing issues of global society and, hence, subject to ongoing debates among e.g. the natural, political and s...

Author: Anna Huebner 

Year: 2010 

4 Think Tank X New Media for Climate Change Communication and Collabo... file 4874 Oct 13, 2013

The Climate Change Collaboratory1 aims to strengthen the relations between Austrian scientists, policy makers, educators, environmental NGOs, news media and corporations - stakeholders who recognize the need for adaptation and mitigation, b...

Author: Arno Scharl 

Year: 2010 

3 Think Tank IX Exploring Tourists’ Environmental Learning, Values, an... file 3749 Oct 13, 2013

There is a need for a research agenda, which achieves a holistic understanding of the nature and influences of environmental learning on tourists’ environmental values and travel experiences in relation to climate change. Why, because touri...

Author: Ulrike Kachel & Gayle Jennings 

Year: 2009 

2 Think Tank VIII Responding to Climate Change in Australian Resort Hote... file 5234 Oct 13, 2013

Extensive infrastructure and client expectations of luxury will mean that their carbon footprint and water usage is likely to exceed significantly that of average urban households. Often located in coastal or riverine settings, they are vuln...

Author: Charles Arcodia & Chantal Dickson 

Year: 2008 

1 Think Tank VIII Tourism Professionals’ Attitudes towards Climate Chang... file 3072 Oct 13, 2013

This paper discusses three aspects of the interrelationship between tourism and climate change: the perception of the problems related to global warming by tourism professionals, their suggestions concerning possible actions that can be tak...

Author: Xavier Matteucci & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2008 

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