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

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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 www.instesre.org.

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 brooksdr@instesre.org.

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Loss of Glory: What it Means for Climate and Future of NASA

As many of you may already know, NASA suffered a large setback on Friday when the rocket carrying the GLORY satellite failed.   The GLORY mission was designed to collect data on carbon and aerosols in the Earths’ atmosphere and to study solar irradiance and the long-term effects on our climate.  In other words, it was designed to help us understand climate science and change.

NASA’s Dr. Bruce Wielicki responded to some media questions regarding the impact this loss will have on NASA and climate science.  These responses have been reposted by Scott Mandia in his Blog.  I think you’ll find the comments to be very informative.

Read the full Blog post, “Loss of Glory: What it Means for Climate and Future of NASA” written by Scott Mandia: http://profmandia.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/loss-of-glory-what-it-means-for-climate-and-future-of-nasa/

More about the Glory Mission: http://glory.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California to Host Climate Educator Conference – May 1-2, 2010

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, Calif., is hosting an educator conference, May 1-2, 2010, on the unique climate of the state of California. California contains most climate zones and almost all types of weather. These phenomena are in response to local and global forces including atmospheric circulation, the Pacific Ocean and the state’s unique and varied topography. Human factors play a role as well, from global impact to local decisions on urban growth, fire and water resources.

JPL and local scientists, geographers and planners will address the current climate, the historical record, long-range trends and future forecasts in context. Special attention will be paid to the California science standards, especially key areas like fourth grade where California is a year-long theme.

This conference is geared toward all educators (including museum staff) and students (high school and above) interested in earth and space science and exploration. The conference content is generally non-technical but does include some detailed scientific and engineering content. The objective of the conference is to tell the exciting tale of real-life exploration and new discovery in a way that will excite and inspire students. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a registered adult. The bulk of the conference is presentations, not workshop-type activities, but instructional materials and resources will be shared.

Interested educators and students must register by April 26, 2010. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.

For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=130


Climate Change Workshops for K-8 Teachers – Aug 26-28, 2009 in Monmouth Oregon

Want to know more about global climate change?

What: Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary and Middle level
Where: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Elementary: Wed and Thurs Aug 26, 27
Middle (6-8): Thurs and Fri Aug 27,28
Time: 8:30-4 pm each day
Cost: FREE! Includes snacks and lunch. Your only cost is if you want one graduate credit ($50) or if you choose to stay overnight (limited housing in WOU dorms available with advance notice).

What to expect:
-Gain an understanding of what global climate change is and how it will impact the Pacific Northwest
-Explore ways your school and students can initiate changes to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.
-Learn how Global Climate change curriculum connects with national and Oregon’s new state science standards
-Participate in lessons and hands-on activities suitable for use in elementary or middle level classrooms
-Receive copies of the lessons
-Examine children’s books that can be integrated with the global climate change curriculum

Limit: 32 K-5 elementary and 24 middle school teachers
For more information contact: Dr. William Schoenfeld or Dr. Adele Schepige at gccift@wou.edu

Funded by NASA through a grant to Earth & Space Research (www.esr.org ). Additional support from WOU and the NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium.

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Global Change Education Program (GCEP)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) sponsors the Global Change Education Program (GCEP) to promote undergraduate and graduate education and training in support of the Department’s global change research activities. Global change research encompasses a number of technical areas, including atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climate, and terrestrial processes.

GCEP has two components:

· Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)  http://www.atmos.anl.gov/GCEP/SURE/index.html
· Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF).  http://www.atmos.anl.gov/GCEP/GREF/index.html

SURE appointments are competitive, require U.S. Citizenship, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 system). In addition, GREF requires applicants to have successfully completed at least one year of graduate school.

For further information visit the website  http://www.atmos.anl.gov/GCEP/

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers the GCEP for the Department of Energy. ORISE is managed under contract by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).


25th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. Sally Ride’s First Spaceflight – Earth Then, Earth Now Conference – July 23-24, 2008

The Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate Educator Conference will focus on understanding climate change and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr. Sally Ride’s first space shuttle mission. How was Earth’s climate different 25 years ago? What changes are predicted over the next 25 years?

Participants will investigate the basic science behind our understanding of climate change. They will also learn about the global impact of climate change on the atmosphere, ocean, continents and ecosystems. The conference will draw upon the latest science to present the story of our changing climate. Dr. Ride will give a keynote talk, and leading climate scientists will give presentations. The conference will also include hands-on activities, materials for the classroom, and current ideas for facing our climate challenge and creating a healthier planet. Participants will also learn about the wide-ranging career opportunities in this expanding and dynamic field.

The conference is taking place on July 23-24, 2008, at the NOAA Science Center in Silver Spring, Md. The registration fee of $60 covers teaching materials and most meals.

For more information and to register for the conference online, visit http://www.sallyridescience.com/conference


Earth Day Photo Contest for Middle School Students – Deadline May 9, 2008

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is sponsoring an Earth Day photo contest for middle school students. Interested students are asked to photograph something that is changing in their local environment. They are to take the photo between Tuesday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 29. The change could be occurring in the student’s backyard, outside the student’s school, in a local park or even off in the distance. Participants must research and write an explanation of the change documented in the photograph.

The contest is open to all U.S. students in grades 5-8.
Entries must be received by e-mail or postmarked by May 9, 2008.

For more information about the contest and how teachers can use it in the classroom, visit http://www.strategies.org/EarthDayPhoto

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