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Climate Change Online PD Workshop

Oregon State University E-Campus offers Global Climate Change Issues and Impacts Workshop, taught by Vicki Osis.

The course will provide information geared for teachers and general audiences about climate change and impacts of warming that are being expressed in various bioregions of the world. Topics in the course will also include current reports about oil supplies and the concept of peak oil, as well as alternative energy research, development and conservation. Teaching activities will be provided for various topics such as impacts on coral reefs and forests etc. A focus of the course will be how to teach a controversial and scary topic to students.

July 19-August 13, FW 808 1 credit professional development credit. Total Cost $75.00 ($50.00 for 1 credit. $25.00 admission to OSU if you are not an active student.)  Contact Vicki if you wish more information or to receive a syllabus of the course and to enroll in the class.  vjosis@peak.org

Oceans à la Carte: A Workshop for K-12 Educators

University of Rhode Island offers a one-day workshop for educators on May 22 at URI’s Bay Campus.The workshop includes oceanography, marine, and environmental science presentations and workshop sessions for teachers, educators, and homeschool and group leaders.  Choose from a variety of presentations by leading scientists, hands-on activities, and content information sessions. The day will start with a presentation by Chris Deacutis of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program entitled  “Changing World: A Changing Bay? Water Quality Conditions in Narragansett Bay and Potential Climate-Driven Concerns.”

For more information and registration form visit, http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/content/educator-training

Lecture: Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems

Tidal Marsh

Hector Galbraith, Director of the Climate Change and Energy Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Services , will speak at the Westport Middle School, Thursday April 29 at 7 p.m. on research regarding the impacts of climate change on our regional ecosystems.

Hector Galbraith is world renowned for his research and expertise on climate change. He currently serves on Governor Patrick’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change Strategies for the Commonwealth. The results of his research have been published in over 60 papers and chapters in books and peer-reviewed journals.

In his presentation, Dr. Galbraith will share insights from his research related to climate change’s impact on ecosystems and science-based strategies for safeguarding wildlife and habitats. The evening will kick off with a brief presentation by Alan Palm of the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).

The event is supported by the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) . The event is cosponsored by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Westport Fishermen’s Association.

Report – sea level rise and local wetlands management

A recent paper published in Environmental Research Letters describes work to bring land use planners from 100 local governments along the Atlantic coast to create maps distinguishing lands likely to be protected from lands likely to be given up to the rising sea.  From the abstract:   “Based on…land use plans, we estimate that almost 60% of the land below 1 m along the US Atlantic Coast is expected to be developed and thus unavailable for the inland migration of wetlands. Less than 10% of the land below 1 m has been set aside for conservation.” The full report, including maps, is available online.

Graduate Course – Global environmental change

The University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Classroom offers two graduate-level science courses geared toward educators. The Spring Semester course, “Global Environmental Change” covers a comprehensive suite of topics related to Earth’s changing environments, including changes to the ocean and atmosphere and related implications for human health, society, and governments. With Wednesday night classes and two Saturday sessions teachers can apply marine and earth sciences in support of the new RI Science Grade Span Expectations.

Webinar: Ocean and Climate Change

The CARE (Connecting Arctic and Antarctic Researchers and Educators) Network announces an upcoming live webinar From the Tropics to the Poles — What the oceans have to tell us about climate change, Monday November 9,  2 PM Alaska Standard Time [3 PM PST, 4 PM MST, 5 PM CST, 6 PM EST]. Join this 1.5 hour long special online seminar for educators, researchers, and upper level students. Learn more about climate change from researchers Sam Bowser (Wadsworth Center) and Mark Leckie (University of Massachusetts). Also presenting, teachers Tina and Bob King will be sharing activities and teaching techniques related to this important research. More information about the seminar (i.e. agenda, website links, and discussion questions) will be sent after registration.
For more information about this seminar contact Janet Warburton <warburton@arcus.org.> or Kristin Timm <kristin@arcus.org>.

For Teachers: Global Environmental Change Education – Save the Dates

URI Coastal Institute, URI Narragansett Bay Campus, Narragansett, Rhode Island, offers Global Environmental Change Education, nine classroom sessions held on Wednesdays March 3, 10, 24 and 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, May 12, 2010, 4:00-6:30PM. There will also be two Saturday field sessions, May 1 and 8, from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Fee: $650 per person (additional $175 fee paid separately to CCE if requesting credit).  Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required. Call 401-874-6211 to register – do not register through URI’s e-Campus.  Purchase of reading materials is required. Check the Office of Marine Programs website for more information


Ocean Videos and Webcast during Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is conducted annually by the American Geological Institute in cooperation with various sponsors, including NASa. The theme of Earth Science Week, “Understanding Climate,” promotes scientific understanding of the timely and vital topic of Earth’s climate. NASA resources and activities will be available to educators and students before, during and after this special week, which takes place October 11-17. Tides of Change: A five-part video series on the connection between ocean and climate will be posted during Earth Science Week. NASA’s Digital Learning Network will host a webcast October 14 with NASA oceanographers Marcianna Delaney and Gene Feldman on ocean science discoveries and careers.