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Monitoring Climate Change from Space
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 January 14, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Professor Steve Ackerman from the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department at the UW-Madison and director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), and Margaret Mooney, Earth Science Outreach Specialist. In this Seminar, Professor Ackerman focused the presentation on the uses of satellites for determining climate change data and Ms. Mooney gave an overview of online, satellite resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.

This Web Seminar is the fourth in a series of programs on climate change sponsored by NOAA, as well as other governmental organizations. This presentation began with historical information about the use of satellites to monitor climate change, then went on to discuss the basics of satellite observation and the range of data collected, including surface changes, atmospheric changes, and even solar changes.

Thirty (30) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. 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:

  • “Availability of satellite resources.”

  • “I have several projects in chemistry class using satellite imagery; this gave me new ideas and new resources.”

  • “This is good stuff to know about - to actually SEE what is happening on the earth is invaluable to our understanding of our impact on it.”

  • “Just got done with a landforms unit with a small remote sensing component - this info is very relevant to my teaching. I also liked the global warming slides, as I teach that, too.”

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


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