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Climate Change Here and Now: Coastal, Ocean and Atmospheric Impacts
Educators show their models of coral communities at the Coral Ecosystems symposium in New Orleans, LA.

NSTA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, (NOAA), to present an exciting Symposium for middle and high school educators, grades 5-12, on the topic of climate change. This event is a blended professional development that includes this face-to-face symposium at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA., followed by two public NSTA Web Seminars and a discussion forum within NSTA Communities that allows for extended interaction between the participants and NOAA scientists and educational specialists. Attendance requires conference registration.

Stipend Opportunity ($60)

NOAA is pleased to provide a stipend of $60 upon completion to all participants attending this symposium.

Program Overview

During this half-day Symposium, scientists and education specialists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss the latest findings about the impacts of climate change and provide ideas and resources that translate climate science to the classroom. The U.S. Global Change Research Program's report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, presents the science and impacts of climate change now and in the future and will provide the foundation for this Symposium. Other topics include the changing ocean chemistry and the impact of ocean acidification on coral reefs and deep corals and the factors involved in monitoring and predicting past, present, and future sea levels. Participants will be provided with resources and classroom activities that highlight the choices we face in response to climate change and the development of climate-literate citizens

All participants will receive educational materials and information about resources that are available at the NOAA website. A drawing for door prizes will take place at the end of the program. Refreshments will be available. Graduate credit is available to participants at an additional cost to participants. To receive graduate credit, participants must pay a nominal fee and complete an action plan and a lesson plan.


Thursday, March 18, 2010
1:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The Symposium will take place in Franklin 11 of the Philadelphia Marriott. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing.


The cost for admission to the symposium is $47 through the advanced registration period and $54 onsite. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration (required), and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants.

SOLD OUT – Please Consider Our Other Program on Climate Change –
Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts


In this section you will meet the NOAA scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the NOAA/NSTA Symposium: Climate Change Here and Now: Coastal, Ocean and Atmospheric Impacts


See the Symposium’s agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Symposium Related Sessions

Free and Open to all Conference Attendees!

All sessions are in the Philadelphia Marriott, Franklin 11

Friday, March 19, 2010

8:00-9:00 AM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Corals and Climate Change
Presenter: Paulo S. Maurin (NOAA: Silver Spring, MD)

9:30-10:30 AM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: The Coastal Impacts of Climate Change: Sea Level Rise
Presenter: William Sweet (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Whither Arctic Sea Ice? An Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter on the Climate's Canary in a Coal Mine
Presenter: Walt N. Meier (University of Colorado at Boulder: Boulder, CO)

12:30-1:30 PM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Explore Earth's Systems Using the 2007 GLOBE Earth System Poster
Presenter: Frank Niepold (NOAA: Silver Spring, MD)

2:00-3:00 PM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Climate Information in Your Neighborhood
Presenter(s): Barbara Mayes Boustead (National Weather Service: Valley, NE);
Judy Koepsell (NOAA National Weather Service: Silver Spring, MD);
Richard L. Thoman (National Weather Service Forecast Off.: Fairbanks, AK)

3:30-4:30 PM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Climate Change Toolkit
Presenter: Peggy Steffen (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

5:00-6:00 PM
NOAA Climate Symposium Session: Using Data to Teach About Climate Change in Estuaries Nationwide
Presenter(s): Kristin Van Wagner (Narragansett Bay Research Reserve: Prudence Island, RI);
Atziri O. Ibanez (NOAA: Silver Spring, MD)

Web Seminars

Two Web Seminars will be scheduled after the face-to-face program in March. The web seminars will begin at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Time.

Web seminars are free, interactive, live sessions providing online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature presenters related to the NSTA Symposia. You do not have to attend the symposium in order to participate in the web seminars.

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