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Higher than a Sea-Bird's Eye View: Coral Reef Remote Sensing using Satellites
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 December 15, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Mark Eakin Coordinator of the NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) program, and he was assisted on the chat by NOAA colleagues Britt Parker and Tyler Christensen. In this Seminar, Dr. Eakin focused the presentation on the effect of climate changes on coral reef ecosystems and the tools that NOAA and others can use to track those changes.

This Web Seminar is the third in a series of web seminars on climate change sponsored by NOAA, as well as other governmental organizations. This presentation began with some background information about coral, then focused on the impact of climate change on coral reef ecosystems. Participants learned how to use Google Earth to track the conditions of the ocean and to view areas of concern for coral reefs throughout the world.

Forty-four (44) 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, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Qatar and Romania.

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:

  • “It gave me more understanding of the corals. I want to learn more.”

  • “How to obtain remote sensing data.”

  • “How physical affects due to global warming influence biological systems.”

  • “Just talked about the global warming issue today. This seminar shows another interaction.”

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


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