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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.

During this half-day Symposium, scientists and education specialists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed 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 provided the foundation for this Symposium. Other topics included the changing ocean chemistry and the impact of ocean acidification on coral reefs, the factors involved in monitoring and predicting past, present, and future sea levels and an overview of the data related to global warming. Participants were provided with resources and classroom activities that highlight the choices we face in response to climate change and the development of climate-literate citizens. Each participant received a group of teaching resources and a stipend of $60 from NOAA.

This symposium was held at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. The program was designed for teachers 5-12.

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