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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

This Web Seminar took place on April 2, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Presenting was Dr. Dwight Gledhill, a chemist with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Ocean Chemistry Division. In this Seminar, Dr. Gledhill focused the discussion on changes that are being observed in coral reef ecosystems that are directly attributed to climate change.

This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the The Heat is On! Climate Change an Coral Reef Ecosystems Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program Dr. Gledhill talked about ocean acidification, the basic carbon dioxide chemistry cycle of the oceans, and the changes coral reef ecosystems are experiencing due to anthropogenic increases in carbon dioxide.

Eighty-three (83) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Three participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Canada, Australia, and Belize.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates 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 a marine educator at an Aquarium developing a program on ocean acidification, so all of it was relevant!.”

  • “I teach environmental science and this is very timely updated info for my lesson on climate change.”

  • “We are hosting a year long course on earth and space science. I plan to include a segment on oceanography. This information will be very valuable to us as presenters.”

  • “Great ideas for PBL projects and authentic assessments.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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