NSF Fire and Ice: Snow Albedo and Our Future

This web seminar took place on April 29, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Mary Albert, Alden Adolph, and Linda Morris from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  

Dr. Albert shared findings about her team's expedition to Greenland. In July 2012, the world witnessed a shocking event when widespread melting occurred over the surface of 97% of the Greenland Ice Sheet. According to ice core records, the last time such widespread melting occurred was in 1889. What caused such widespread melt? Was it just the warm temperatures, or was it a more complicated situation?  Educators shared their ideas and the data collected from the study was explained.  Alden Adolph related the findings of her albedo studies in New Hampshire. Her research quantified albedo and its dependence on impurities and grain size. To conclude the program, Linda Morris shared information about educational resources that teachers can use to help students understand the relationship between albedo and world-wide climate.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I am impressed with the outstanding research methodology and outcomes shared by the presenters. I appreciate the personal connections/anecdotes related to the studied phenomenon."
  • "Great. Obviously very knowledgeable presenters. Great activity suggestions."
  • "The webinar was wonderful! I liked that the presenters shared their personal experiences and research on the topic. They were very knowledgeable and did a great job answering our questions."
  • "Terrific web seminar in format, pacing, etc. I learned much."
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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