Category Archives: Environmental Science

UNL Online Climate Research Applications Course for K-12 Educators – Deadline August 20, 2012

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to take part in the development of a new online master’s-level course in Climate Research Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as their available tools for educating students and their local communities. Participants will earn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as well as a stipend to cover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

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Is Global Warming Affecting Portland, Oregon? You Be The Judge.

radiation data

Is Portland, Oregon Experiencing Global Warming? Analyze data to decide for yourself.

Is Portland, Oregon experiencing global warming?

In this lesson plan from My NASA Data, students will use long wave radiation data to determine whether the climate has changed in Portland, Oregon over a 20 year time span.

The lesson, appropriate for grades 6-9, has the following standards based outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the difference between climate and weather.
  • Students will practice line graphing skills.
  • Students will find the longitude and latitude of a city on a world map.
  • Students will learn the definition of longwave radiation and Watts per meters squared.
  • Students will discover that temperature and radiation changes vary on our planet

The lesson plan includes step by step instructions, teacher notes, access to data sets, and resources needed to use the activity in a classroom setting.

The My NASA Data website includes many other lesson plans and projects which use authentic NASA atmospheric and earth science data sets.  This is a great way to involve your students in hands-on, standards based science!

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Opportunity to Publish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators

Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series of peer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- and secondary-school students.

JEI is an open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage and publish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEI also encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submit journal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, including some practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journal article submission, can be found at

The initial deadline for an intent to submit a manuscript email is Nov. 30, 2012. For more information, including submission instructions and other deadlines, please contact David Brooks at

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ROSES-12 Amendment 10: Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment

NASA is a major contributor to global climate and related environmental assessment activities, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Assessments and the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Ozone Assessment Reports. NASA has made a similarly significant contribution to the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a central component of the 2012-2022 U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Strategic Plan, and intends to continue supporting the NCA.

Indicators are anticipated to be an important component of future NCAs. These indicators are intended to provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the NCA audiences about not only status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system, but also the ecological and socioeconomic impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses to those drivers. This ROSES element solicits contributions to enhance NASA’s participation in future NCAs by encouraging the developing and testing of potential indicators that address the needs expressed in the NCA vision for a national system of indicators and that largely draw from NASA-produced data and/or modeling products.

Notices of Intent are requested by August 3, 2012, and proposals are due by October 5, 2012

On or about July 2, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012” (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at and will appear on the RSS feed at: .


Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat – Voting Deadline July 6, 2012

Malaspina Glacier

The tongue of the Malaspina Glacier, the largest glacier in Alaska, fills most of this image. The Malaspina lies west of Yakutat Bay and covers 1,500 sq mi (3,880 sq km). This image is one of many you can vote for in the Earth as Art celebration!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five “Earth as Art” images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.

For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of “Earth as Art” perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.

Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five “Earth as Art” images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit .

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Climate Change PBL Modules Available for Classroom Pilot Testing – Middle and High School

The Exploring the Environment – Global Climate Change (ETE-GCC) project announces that five modules are ready for pilot testing: Global Temperatures, Ice Caps and Sea Levels, Human Health, Volcanoes, and Drought. These new modules present an updated theoretical approach to problem-based learning (PBL) that focuses on scientific inquiry, use of satellite imagery, and incorporating of teaching strategies recommended in the Next Generation Science Standards. ETE-GCC welcomes the insights and recommendations from middle and high school teachers who are willing to pilot test these problem-based learning activities. Pre-service teachers are also welcome to participate in the process as well.

If you would like to participate in the pilot program, please sign up by sending an email to ete (at), or by requesting access to the site by selecting “Log In” at

2012 Climate Science Summer Workshops for Educators – Application Deadline June 1, 2012

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the second year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers, instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research.

All workshop participants in 2011 were from New York City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places are encouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to be conducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campus housing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachers from outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

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ROSES-11 Amendment 26 – Earth Science Applications: Wildland Fires

Amendment 26 presents the text and proposal due dates for Appendix A.35, Earth Science Applications: Wildland Fires.

ROSES-11 Appendix A.35, Earth Science Applications: Wildland Fires is specifically focused on applications addressing cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary issues related to wildland fires in support of management strategies and actions, business practices, and policy analysis and decisions. Projects must span at least two of the Applied Sciences Program’s applications themes, identified within.

This solicitation will initially support one-year feasibility studies of potential applications. NASA will then down-select and continue support of a subset of these applications in subsequent, three-year projects. The three-year projects will develop the application with and transition the application to a public or private organization for sustained use in decision making and services to end users.

Proposals to this solicitation are only for the Stage 1 portion of this enterprise. Notices of Intent to propose (NOIs) are due October 27, 2011. Proposals are due December 16, 2011.

On or about September 15, 2011, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011” (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA001N”). You can now track amendments, clarifications and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at:

Technical questions concerning this program may be addressed to Woody Turner
Applied Sciences Program, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-1662. E-mail:

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