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The Heat is On!: Climate Change and Coral Reef Ecosystems
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

Coral reef ecosystems will be heavily impacted by climate change and can be used to illustrate its disastrous effects. While these remarkable systems are robust enough to create structures like the Great Barrier Reef, visible from space, they can be damaged and destroyed by even small changes in the Earth's climate.

Two Web Seminars were presented featuring scientists and education specialists from NOAA. The seminars focused on the concepts of climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, cutting edge satellite technology, and ocean ecology in the context of coral ecosystems. The presenters Dr. Dwight Gledhill and Dr. Mark Eakin along with a number of NOAA colleagues, shared their science expertise, answered questions from the participants, and provided information regarding web sites that students can use in the classroom. These Web Seminars were designed for educators of grades 5-12.

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of these web seminars and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available on this web page. Learn more about the features of the Web Seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.


Web Seminar I
Date: Thursday April 2, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Topic: Ocean Acidification
Presenter: Dr. Dwight Gledhill

Web Seminar II
Date: Thursday April 30, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Topic: Coral Bleaching
Presenter: Dr. C. Mark Eakin

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