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Exploring sustainability through water cycle connections part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Tim Lutz, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
During this module students use multiple experiences (reading, video, the outdoors, a survey of their water footprints, writing, and lots of discussion) to examine how life today, in comparison to pre-industrial times, makes our connections to water virtually invisible. Students use the class's water footprint results to find out how agricultural and industrial water uses link us to people distant in both place and time. They weigh the consequences of these invisible connections in creating the lost sense of dependence and responsibility that typifies unsustainability. Students study the variability of water footprints within our class to help identify more sustainable personal choices. They consider the activity of a local watershed association to educate and involve people in improving the quality of local streams as a model of how community action can accomplish what individuals cannot.

'Reporting' on the World Water Forum to understand media coverage and gaps part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Abigail Schade, Davidson College
'Reporting' in-class on the tri-ennial World Water Forum.

Watershed Management part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University
In this project, I ask students to use analogous reasoning to support the development of an accurate and rich conceptual model about a specific environmental issue using evidence collected from two watershed ...

Water Availability part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Water Availability
DATA: North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR). TOOL: FieldScope GIS. SUMMARY: Use an online GIS from the National Geographic Society, to investigate the relationship between precipitation, evaporation, and surface runoff.

Green Landscape and Environmental Policy part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Stephanie Freeman, Alabama A & M University
Develop lectures that discuss environmental policy and horticulture practices in communities. Create classroom activities that incorporate green landscape design practices in residential areas. These classroom ...

Investigating contaminant transport and environmental justice issues in a local watershed through service learning projects with Sierra Club part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Jennifer Houghton, Rhodes College
Students will be applying hydrogeology concepts and methods in the lab and the field and conducting interviews as part of a coherent characterization of water quality issues and potential risks in local low-income, ...

Reducing pressure on a wastewater treatment plant to accelerate remediation of a polluted harbour part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Maureen Padden, McMaster University
Students present posters to community partners with strategies to reduce the quantity of water entering a local wastewater treatment plant or to improve the quality of water that needs to be treated. The strategies ...

Choosing Papers part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Deborah Gross, Carleton College
A procedure for having students dive directly into the literature to select papers that are appropriate for the class as a whole to read and discuss. The activity provides constraints and a format for sorting the ...

Coastal Margins Lab part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
karen mcneal, North Carolina State University
This project is meant for students to interpret complex data sets that have seasonal and yearly trends in coastal estuarine systems. Through being assigned a task as a EPA consultant and analyzing available data, ...

Arsenic on Main St., Unity ME part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Lois Ongley, Unity College
The ultimate plan is organizing a "Water Quality Fair" for residents of the Unity, ME area (rural farming region). Conceptually, students would analyze water samples brought into the community center ...

Alternative futures lesson part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Dan Zalles, SRI International
This lesson is the culmination of a course on river systems restoration being taught at the University of Washington as part of the Project "Data Sets and Inquiry in Geoscience Environmental Restoration ...

Tracers in the hydrologic cycle: A jigsaw activity part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Peter Lea, Bowdoin College
Using a jigsaw approach, students investigate biogeochemical transformations (nitrate, silica, pH and conductivity) of water as it moves through the hydrologic cycle. The resulting conceptual framework facilitates ...

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Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Cailin Huyck Orr, Washington State University- Pullman
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

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The Effects of Storm Water Management on Water Quality part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
Jeff Clark, Lawrence University
This lab follows the skill development lab "Gathering Point Data using a GPS and ArcGIS 9.3." The topic is storm water detention ponds, which are designed in part to improve water quality. Using in-situ ...

Air, Water, Land, & Life: A Global Perspective part of EarthLabs for Educators:Earth System Science
The lab activity described here was adapted by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Use the button at the right to navigate to the student activity pages for this lab. To open the student pages in a new ...

Remote Sensing of Water part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Jerry Griffith, University of Southern Mississippi
Teaching activity developed by John R. Jensen, University of South Carolina. Activity page submitted by Jerry Griffith, University of Southern Mississippi. Summary This lab exercise uses GOES and Landsat imagery ...

Land Use Change in MidCoast Maine part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College Summary This lab exercise is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS as part of two - three hour lab periods. The exercise provides experience with GIS software as ...

Drinking Water Quality: An Interdisciplinary Research Experience of Introductory Geology and Chemistry Classes part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Robert Shuster, University of Nebraska at Omaha Summary At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, we have involved students in introductory Geology and Chemistry classes in an interdisciplinary study of drinking ...

Measurement of River Flow part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
Jeremy Shannon, Michigan Technological University
The laboratory is an outdoor exercise where students visit a local stream and use two methods to calculate stream discharge. Tapes, Philadelphia rods,and a transit are employed for stream measurements. The students ...

Flood Frequency Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
Sheila Roberts, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
This assignment asks students to do a flood frequency analysis to determine the size and stage of various floods and determine if the town of Crawford, OH is likely to be flooded or not. Outcomes: learn to work ...

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