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Global Climate Change Impacts in the Western United States
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 November 5, 2009, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University, Frank Niepold, UCAR Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA Climate Program Office, and Peg Steffen, Education Branch Chief at NOAA. In this Seminar, professor Hayhoe focused the presentation on specific climate changes, current and expected in the Western United States.

This Web Seminar is the first in a series of web seminars on climate change sponsored by NOAA, as well as other governmental organizations. This presentation started with some background on general climate change data and moved to specific regional climate issues in the Western United States. The presentation featured information from the report: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. Largely based on results from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the report integrates that data with related research from around the world. Peg Steffen gave a web tour of a climate change tool-kit from NOAA and Frank Niepold assisted on the chat.

Sixty-eight (68) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Ecuador and Costa Rica

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:

  • “Global climate change is included in the curriculum that I teach.”

  • “I would love to show this seminar to my Environmental Science students. I feel they would benefit tremendously from the data/facts/graphs and also from the examples and resources.”

  • “We teach Science and the Environment through Life Science, so very helpful.”

  • “The presenter was wonderful at explaining the content and bringing the relevance that we need for our students. Having an expert from NOAA was fantastic!”

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


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