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Climatology
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This course is designed to help students gain a scientific understanding of the physical aspects of Earth's climate system and the factors that influence climate change. We explore the global balance of energy ...

Science, Society, & Global Catastrophes
Theo Koupelis, University of Wisconsin - Marathon
Catastrophes are used to introduce students tophysics, meterology, epidemiology, the chemistry of greenhouse gases, and statistics. 60 students and five faculty on five campuses are linked by compressed video. Assignments emphasize critical thinking and writing skills, and include group projects, interpretation of data, analysis of journal articles, and mathematical and statistical modeling exercises.

Natural Hazards and Catastrophes
Alan Whittington, University of Missouri-Columbia
1 credit hour course for non-scientists, with no pre-requisites. Aims to improve quantitative and scientific literacy through applying simple skills to topics including global climate change, earthquakes, volcanoes ...

Extreme Weather
Perry Samson, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
This course provides an introduction to the physics of extreme weather events. We examine solar eruptions, ice ages, climate change, monsoons, El Niño, hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves, thunderstorms, ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America
Ira Geer, American Meteorological Society
Ira W. Geer American Meteorological Society - Online Weather Studies is an introductory college-level course that leads students through a real-time, semester-long exploration of the atmosphere. The turnkey course ...

Using Internet technology to deliver an inquiry-based Earth systems course designed for middle school teachers
William Slattery, Kimberly Mullen
Abstract: The past decade has seen the exponential growth of the Internet as a tool to deliver on-line instruction at all educational levels. Many first generation on-line courses employed strategies ...




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