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Global Climate Change Impacts in the Eastern 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 17, 2009, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Tim Owen, from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, Frank Niepold, UCAR Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA Climate Program Office; and Peg Steffen, Education Branch Chief at NOAA. In this Seminar, Mr. Owen focused the presentation on specific climate changes, current and expected in the Eastern United States.

This Web Seminar is the second 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 Eastern 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-one (61) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. One participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Qatar.

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:

  • “In my observations I have seen students who were very critical and skeptical of climate change. The general information was helpful, as was the fact that I now know I can go back and listen to this in the archives, but the lesson plans at the end were particularly useful because they focus the problem on a local region and animal.”

  • “Great data, graphs, data sources and knowledgeable experts.”

  • “I have incorporated a year long CC project into my chemistry classes, and all info that keeps me current improves the class engagement and learning.”

  • “It gave me real life examples and information to bring back to the classroom.”

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


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