Web Seminars and Background Information
- Bungee Jumping Off the Climate Roller Coaster: Ice Core Records of Global Warming and Abrupt Climate Change (October 6, 2014)
The web seminar features Dr. Richard Alley during a presentation to NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education network. His talk begins approximately 5 minutes into the webinar. In it, Dr. Alley discusses how Ice-core records of ice age cycles have contributed to our understanding that CO2 has been "the biggest control knob" of Earth’s overall climate and that there is also evidence from ocean circulation of large impact, abrupt climate changes in the past. He analyzes scientists' thinking about the extent of future potential environmental and economic impact, based on interactions between the warming caused by CO2 and melt waters entering the ocean under changing temperature conditions. Appropriate for teachers of grades 7-12, undergraduate level students and the public.
- Ice Cores, Climate and Career Pathways (May 1, 2014)
The American Meteorological Society and the US Ice Drilling Program Office collaborated on this presentation, featuring updates about ice core research from Dr. Mary Albert, guidance about how to utilize ice core discoveries within community college and university paleo-climate change instruction, and general resources for classroom use. Dr. Albert also shared tips for professors and teachers to use in helping students plan for a career in related fields. Appropriate for high school teachers, community college and university professors, and informal educators.
- Polar Science and Engineering: A Model for NGSS Practices (February 27, 2014)
This National Science Teachers Association web seminar was delivered by a scientist, Dr. Jihong Cole-Dai from S. Dakota State University, an engineer, Jay Johnson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an educator, Linda Morris from Dartmouth College. The three provided background information on ice core research related to a mysterious volcanic event 18,000 years ago, the development of replicate coring drilling technologies that enabled new cores to be retrieved for this research, and the interactions among team members that provide models for students investigating the Next Generation Science Standards' "Scientific and Engineering Practices". Appropriate for classroom educators of upper elementary through high school students.
- Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Impacts as Evidenced in Ice Cores (May 2, 2012)
During this National Science Teachers Association web seminar, Dr. Joe McConnell gave a brief overview of climate change as contributed to by greenhouse gases. He then discussed what ice cores reveal about elements in the atmosphere and how closely this data is paralleled with economic and industrial changes around the world. Included were analyses of McConnell's data from aerosols, dust and black carbon. For middle school, high school, college, and informal educators.
- Featuring Dr. Mary Albert's research on snow and ice, these symposia with related media cover evidence of past climates revealed in ice cores and its relevance to understanding global climate change today and for the future. The focus for each and related standards are offered at each link below.
- TERC + American Geological Institute: Earth System by Design -
This year-long program of professional development for teachers begins with a two-week Summer Institute, during which teachers learn the principles of "backward design" and create an Earth science unit they will teach. It continues during the school year with staff mentoring and a Fall Conference where teachers fine-tune their units.
- American Meteorological Society: DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS) -
An innovative internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, DataStreme incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives.