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Welcome Please say hi and introduce yourself...  

Hello everyone,
We will be using this discussion format throughout the workshop to ask and answer questions on various topics. We encourage everyone to participate freely.

For starters, please jump in to say hi, to introduce yourself and/or just to make a test post and see how it works.

I will go ahead and introduce myself...
I am Karin, the sender of lots of emails! I work for SERC and spend most of my time involved with the Cutting Edge series of workshops. This is my first 'virtual' workshop, however I teach online and I participate in the occasional online forum, so this format is a comfortable one for me.

I teach an introductory course in environmental geology and I use a data-based assignment about hurricane frequency in the North Atlantic. I like the data-driven approach but I am looking for more ideas to strengthen this assignment. I have also noticed that some students go way overboard with the relationship between hurricanes and climate change. Some of them like to blame every recent hurricane and disaster (including earthquakes!) on climate change. So I am looking forward to hearing more about the recent science so that I can get a clearer picture of the relationship.

OK, enough about me. Now it's your turn - click the 'add to the discussion' link below to share your own introduction and thoughts.

thanks!
-Karin

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Hi,

I am Brian and I will be participating in the workshop. I am really hoping to develop or adopt hands-on exercises or activities to use in the classroom, especially those exercises that do not require technology to conduct.

I am a medical geographer, with a background in natural hazards and climate change, now transitioning into climate change and public health issues.

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Hi, I'm Ingrid. I'm an assistant professor who teaches mostly large undergraduate classes (well it feels that way at the moment). I'm interested in the causal relationships between climate change and climate phenomena in general. I would like to use hurricanes as one aspect of the earths heat redistribution, and get my students to think about prediction (as a guess at what might happen, but they will get the caveats of what we don't know in the end) using knowledge they have gained in intro oceanography.

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Hi, I'm Sean. I'm the Technical Director here at SERC (and a physicist by training). I develop the tools that run the SERC websites and will be trying to keep the technology running smoothly for this workshop.

I've just added a screencast to the technical information page with an introduction to creating your account, editing your profile and working with activities. Check it out:
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/hurricanes08/tech.html

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Hi Sean. Is your desk top view in Yugma supposed to be black right now?

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Hi all! I'm Mel. I teach physical geology, environmental science, and general physical science at a small 2 yr college. All 3 classes have a climate change component to them. I'm always looking for new ways to engage my students with hands on activities/assignments. I have participated in several of these online workshops, and I learn something valuable every time. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Mel

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Hi, I'm Lisa. This is my first e-forum and second cutting edge workshop. I'm a paleoclimatologist working on high resolution climate events. Eventually, I hope to detect individual NAO winters and Sudden Warming events in my lake sediment records. I teach at a primarily undergraduate institution teaching climate change to applied meteorology majors, and weather and environmental science to non-science majors. I'd like to learn how to use Hurricane data to demonstrate climate relationships to the met students. I also hope to learn data handling exercises for non-science majors, using a cool subject like hurricanes to intrigue them.

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Hi, folks. I'm Ben. I teach physical geology, environmental geology, and global climate change courses at SUNY Geneseo. About half of my students are from down-state New York, and are anxious to learn more about extreme weather events. I'm most interested in learning the current thinking on the link between historical climate change and hurricanes, and to share with you and learn from you various teaching activities for this topic.

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Hi, I'm Dave. By training I'm a meteorologist, though with no particular research expertise in hurricanes or climate change. Last year I ran across a highly readable book called "Storm World" by Chris Mooney, on the scientific (and political) debate swirling around hurricanes and climate. I realized that the topic fit wonderfully into an upper-division course on the science of climate change that I was co-teaching at San Francisco State University with rotating geology or oceanography colleagues, so we introduced the topic, it went well, and we want to develop it further. I might also soon be teaching an upper-division, non-majors course on violent weather, and the topic could be terrific for that audience, too. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

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Greetings! I'm Rob. I teach Earth Science and Environmental Geology to non-science majors at a suburban community college outside Phila. I've been doing some climate change work with my students in both courses for a long time; and the data and understanding keep getting richer, and I feel at times I'm getting left in the dust. So any chance I can get to learn from others and develop some better instructional approaches at the same time, I'm there. This is my second SERC workshop; I was in the first online 'class' for Course Design in the summer of 2005 -- an absolutely terrific workshop.

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Hi - I'm Cindy - I'm a paleoclimate modeler and teach a wide range of courses, from Intro Meteorology to advanced Mesoscale meteorology, Climatology, and Global Change at the Univ of Northern CO. The topic of hurricanes and/or climate comes up in *every* class I teach. I'm looking for new ways to present this to students at all levels. In my advanced courses - Climatology and Global Change(for grads), we read and discuss journal articles on the connection between hurricanes in climate. I'm looking for ways to make this activity more effective - and some ideas on how to bring this topic into my intro and non-majors courses.

On another note, this workshop also interests me because of the online format. I have recently begun some teaching online - and feel like I am fumbling around a bit. Part of the problem is that I have never taken a class online. What types of activities/discussions/assignments will make my courses effective? I'm hoping to get some ideas from this workshop, and get something of the 'student' perspective.

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Hello all. This is Chris. I am an environmental geologist at a small, liberal arts college. I primarily teach GIS and remote sensing, but I also teach a few other courses that discuss climate change. For the first time, I will be teaching an honors seminar on global climate change, and am looking for some good ideas for activities to incorporate into an interdisciplinary class focusing on climate change. Hopefully, I can apply some of those ideas into my other courses as well.
I look forward to working with you in the morning.

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Hi there! My name is Serena and I am a marine micropaleontologist studying past ocean circulation changes and their relation to climate. I teach a variety of Earth Science courses at a mainly undergraduate institution, both on campus and online. In particular, every semester I am in charge of a 200-level class on weather and climate change, where every time we discuss severe weather students have several questions on if and how global warming will affect hurricanes. Therefore, I would like to develop an online lab activity for my students where they will use available data to inquiry about possible relations between global warming and the number and intensity of hurricanes. This lab will be for college students, but since a large number of our majors are in the teaching track, I would like to have also a simplified version at the high school level that my students can use when they start teaching.

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Good morning everyone. I'm Todd, a first year faculty member at SUNY Oneonta in the Earth Sciences department. I teach Intro Meteorology (2 sections) as well as Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Computers in Meteorology, and Atmospheric Radiation. I am also currently developing a course dedicated to the study of climate change and its impacts. My passion is developing new ways to visualize data and to allow students (K-16) to experience hands-on science. To that end, I am enrolled in this program to discuss how we might make some interesting activities for all levels. I will be giving a talk tomorrow on some general approaches I have used successfully in the past in my outreach activities - but I mostly am looking forward to participating in this program when I'm not running back and forth between my 4 classes.

I plan to post a few links on here to some data I've had success with using for my hurricane talks in the past. The specific linkages to climate change are something I'm hoping to develop this week.

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Hello,
I'm Ned Gardiner, currently with NOAA's Climate Program Office producing visualizations. My background is in remote sensing, GIS, and ecology. Rather than pursue a faculty or research position after graduate school, I worked at New York's American Museum of Natural History building visualizations aimed at the public (read: middle school level of science knowledge) in HDTV. Low resolution versions of many of these are available at sciencebulletins.amnh.org
My production model is to work directly with primary researchers to convey authentic science messages and to that end, I am working with today's lecturer, Tom Knutson, on a project describing tropical cyclone science. Our product will be distibuted on the Science on a Sphere platform (sos.noaa.gov).

I helped organize this workshop because visualization is best used to aid other forms of communication and teaching. Working with this group is one of the most effective ways I can imagine of ensuring the highest possible impact of visualizations that I help produce because you each directly work with a presumably attentive audience of people who will enter all walks of life. I look forward to learning from each of you about the teaching process and perhaps being able to lend some resources for your own efforts.

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Hi all.
I'm John and I generate geoscience web content for SERC sites and projects. I'm a geophysicist by training but have been accumulating some expertise in the realm of geohazards through putting together collections of visualizations on many topics as well as doing curriculum development on hurricanes for the EarthLabs project which I'll be talking about on Tuesday morning.

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Hello.

I'm Tom Knutson and I'll be presenting on hurricanes and
climate change later today. Just checking to make sure
everything works here...

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Hello,

I'm Jenni Evans and I'll also be presenting on hurricanes and climate change - shortly :)

Talk to you all soon.

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Hello everybody, this is Christa from Hofstra Geology. I am a paleoceanographer trying to get some research started around here to build on the work by Scileppi & Donnelly (2006) looking at overwash layers in Long Island barrier beach sediments. I teach Physical Geology, Environmental Geology & Natural Hazards, Field Geology, Sedimentation, Paleoclimatology, and "Global Warming & the Science of Climate Change" (my newest; first-year student seminar). I developed a data-based "jigsaw" exercise on poleward heat transport based on the great plate tectonic exercise by Sawyer et al. (2005 JGE) that I'd love to share this week. I'm also looking forward to "stealing" some exercises based on actual hurricane data for my intro classes. I'm a Cutting Edge Workshop junkie and look forward to learning lots this week inbetween my classes without getting on a plane!

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Hello, I'm Julie. I am a professor at Slippery Rock University (yes, it really is a place!). I've been teaching here for 4 years and taught at the US Coast Guard Academy the year prior. My educational background is in oceanography, but my research is primarily in atmospheric chemistry. I teach meteorology and oceanography to primarily non-science majors and will be teaching, for the first time, a climate course to non-science majors this spring. For the last 3 years I have been using the AMS online course to teach meteorology in an interactive classroom and will be sharing some of my techniques with you tomorrow. I look forward to learning other tools, particularly tools that I can use in my new climate course.

And by the way, I do have the best last name for a meteorology professor:)

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Hi, I'm Danielle Schmitt and I am an Academic Laboratory Manager in a Geosciences Department.

What I do is develop lab exercises for many of our introductory level GEO courses. I am a big fan of using visualization in activities as well as creating "guided inquiry" labs. Having the students be the scientist themselves is a much more rewarding experience for them (as well as for us). My goal for this week is to develop an inquiry based activity on the formation of tropical cyclones, including a section on the connection to climate change. Ideally real data will be used. While there is a lot of data available on the internet it is sometimes overwhelming... what to do, where to start...? This is true for many topics...

I'm looking forward to working with you all!

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Hello All,
I am Beth Christensen and I am in the Environmental Studies program at Adelphi University. We are located on Long Island, so there is a lot of student interest in the oceans. I will be teaching a capstone course on Climate Change next spring, and am working with Christa Farmer trying to reconstruct hurricane strikes on Long Island.

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Hello!

I am Julie Masura and I am a member of the Environmental Science faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma. I teach a variety of course which all include some aspect of climate change. This morning, I gave a lecture on atmospheric movement in my oceanography course. I did talk about hurricanes and climate change in relation to what we just learned yesterday during the two talks. Great stuff!

I was hoping to explore the vertical change in temperature due to climate change and the affect on hurricane development.

Looking forward to catching up with today's talks!

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Hi. I am Pamela Gore, Professor of Geology at Georgia Perimeter College in the Atlanta, GA suburbs. GPC is a multi-campus 2-year unit of the University System of Georgia.

I teach Historical Geology and Integrated Science: Life/Earth Science, and I would really like to delve more into hurricanes and climate change.

I am trying to get caught up.

Does anyone know anything about hurricanes in relation to sunspots? From what I see on this page http://virtualsciencefair.org/2005/pete5o0/public_html/Pages/Results.html in Figure 15, sunspot maxima and minima are both associated with larger numbers of hurricanes. We know sunspots relate to climate, but they may relate to hurricanes too.

Well, I need to go and see the presentations I missed while I was in class. Enjoy the workshop everyone.

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This post was editted by Karin Kirk on Nov, 2008
Pam (Gore): I did a quick Google search for "sunspots and hurricane frequency". It looks like James Elsner, a climatologist at Florida St., has been the most active investigator of possible connections between the two over the last 10 years--he sees some correlations in the observations. Of course, for a scientific hypothesis about such a connection to advance beyond statistical correlation toward acceptance, there also has to be a convincing physical mechanism connecting the two, and that appears still to be very uncertain. (There are questions about the statistical methodology that Elsner uses, too.)

For the latest on this, try http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080928/full/news.2008.1136.html

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...one of the things I was planning to do this week was share what I learned at the 2008 NCAR Junior Faculty Forum on hurricanes & climate (www.asp.ucar.edu/ecsa/jff/jff08.php)... Cindy was there too... I actually have some pretty detailed notes on some of the sessions, if anyone is interested in seeing them let me know (GEOECF@Hofstra.edu)... we also wrote a Meeting Summary that should be coming out in BAMS soon!
Cheers,
--Christa

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