Mark McCaffrey

CIRES

National Center for Science Education

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Climate Change Collection Homepage part of Climate Change Collection
This collection includes background materials, high-quality web portals, classroom activities, and reseach on misconceptions about weather and climate.

Activities (2)

Comparing Carbon Calculators part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Carbon calculators, no matter how well intended as tools to help measure energy footprints, tend to be black boxes and can produce wildly different results, depending on the calculations used to weigh various energy factors. By comparing different calculators, learners can analyze which ones are the most accurate and relevant, and which are the most transparent.

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Whither Arctic Sea Ice? part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:SeaIce
This image, produced in Image J, shows the thresholded sea ice extents. In this chapter, you will take on the role of a student from a small town in Colorado. You will then team up with students from the town of Churchill, Canada to explore changing sea ice conditions in the Arctic. Examine an animation that shows 30 years of satellite images to see how the extent of sea ice in the Arctic has diminished over time. Next, you will measure the extent of the sea ice in November of each year, import your measurements into Microsoft Excel, create a graph, and interpret it to predict when the sea ice will be completely gone. Download and graph temperature data for the same time period and look for potential causes of the change in sea ice extent. Last, you will apply your new image processing and analysis skills to research the changing sea ice extents in other regions of the Arctic. This chapter's storyline is built around the real-life case study of Dr. Walt Meier, a Sea Ice Scientist from Boulder, Colorado. In the fictional story, the students of Churchill become concerned about wildlife in their region because polar bears have become a nuisance in the town. According to the local elders, the sea ice patterns have changed. The students turn to Dr. Meier for his expertise in sea ice analysis. Dr. Meier then instructs the students in the use of ImageJ and guides them through the research process.

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Other Contributions (2)

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
http://cleanet.org/ National Science Foundation

ICEE from the University of Colorado at Boulder's CIRES Education & Outreach part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/ICEE/ NASA's Global Climate Change Education


Events and Communities

Visualization Workshop 2004 Participants

Using Data in the Classroom Workshop 2005 Participants

Using Data in the Classroom Workshop 2007 Participants

Climate and Energy Webinar Participants Nov, 2010