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The week at L2R has been a wonderful experience to collaborate with educators all across the US.  My biggest take aways from L2R include: a better understanding of the importance of a network of educators feeling more confident bringing Globe into the classroom feeling more confident utilizing collaboration technology with my students recharging for the upcoming school year utilizing 21st century learning skills and project-based lessons feeling like I belong to an educational program that really matters Thank you everyone for a wonderful...


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I'll be heading out from Boulder on Friday with so many more tools in my teaching toolbox! -- Myriad resources for teaching my students about weather, climate, and how to help them clearly understand the difference. -- So many insights into the climate change debate and how best to approach this often volatile subject in a way that focuses on data for science literacy, not emotion and misinformation. -- A GLOBE recharge ! It's been a number of years since my last GLOBE training and this opportunity to revisit the phenology and atmosphere protocols - and know that the...


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  I was excited to attend the Learning to research Summer Institute to enhance some inquiry methods related to climate change. But when we started the program it overwhelmed me. Each day was a bundle of enormous information. I had a new perspective of climate now. I have clear guidelines to develop a project to better assist my students. Exposure to new dimensions of technology made be a little bit more confident to participate actively in GLOBE activities through out the year and after. I got to know lot of people across the nation and received bulk of information on...


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    Invitation from L2R landed as a boon to me. After I received my training for GLOBE in 2006, I had not been consistent to participate in GLOBE activities. Climate research project will be the passport for me and my students to get connected with real people who think and act like scientists. The word climate may be familiar to students but the facts associated with it will open the gates to explore and experiment. I am excited to know what this project is in store for me and my students. I am very enthusiastic to learn new ways to research and transfer the knowledge...


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This has been one of the most enriching and educationally productive weeks I have had the opportunity to experience in a quite a long time.  To the institute staff, if you didn't hear it from me before, please know that I sincerely appreciate all you have coordinated and put together for us this week.  Putting together a meaningful experience for a diverse group of educators is a large task and you did it exceptionally well and always with patience and a smile.  Every single session you planned had many new ideas, contacts, links, information, etc. that I was directed...


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This has been a great week of learning new things and meeting new people.  I hope that my students  benefit from this training as much as I have.  I cannot wait to get started on our atmosphere and hydrology testing.  I think it will be a valuable experience for the students to communicate with other students across the continent who are doing similar work.  As we do our atm and water testing, we will be sharing data and stories with-- 1. a school in Houston, a city similar to ours, with environmental issues similar to ours 2. a school in Montana, much...


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I am looking forward to the GLOBE workshop in Boulder, CO.  I know I will meet scads of fantastic and energetic teachers brimming with great ideas, which I never tire of.  Im looking forward to learning about some new protocols and collaborating with others to design projects.  I want to learn more about the protocols and learn to use the new website.   I also hope to see the Rocky Mountains!


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There are several things I am taking from the Learning to Research conference. The main thing is the number of contacts with people who are committed to the GLOBE program and understand the value it represents to educators. I got to know the teachers from the schools whose data my students used in their surface temperature campaign last year. This is my first experience with so many people who are doing many different things that benefit students and who feel as strongly as I do. I came with the expectation of acquiring the skills to design a study of aerosols and ozone in Huntington, WV...


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    L2R Expectations 2012   From learning to research is indeed a transformational way to look at teaching and learning from both student and teacher perspectives. Throughout the past academic school year I participated in many professional developments, content specific and non-content specific.  Just about 100% of the time the facilitator reads off some statistical data augmenting a point about learning methodologies or pedagogies that sometimes captured my attention.  I feel more often than not, that I am only a learner in this situation,...


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  My expectations for the Learning to Research project and the summer institute is to gain knowledge on incorporating Climate Change into a Math Curriculum.  Climate Change is a very in depth topic and working in the Globe program previously aligned the topics with the science strands only.  We are encouraged to cross-curriculum and it would be great to see how the subject can be incorporated into other areas besides science.  It especially helps when we work with other teachers to team teach. In addition to cross-curriculum, I expect to gain knowledge on how...


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My Hopes for the From Learning to Research Project and Summer Institute Opportunity                 Like any other teacher, my most altruistic goal is to participate in a professional development activity that will motivate, educate, and stimulate me into developing a learning activity that will encourage my students to become productive, lifelong learners.  I am blessed to teach on a campus rich in nature, only 2miles from Merchant’s Millpond State Park and 20 miles from the Great Dismal Swamp. With...


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This initial blog starts out as a "what I did on my Summer vacation" exercise and ends with what I expect to get out of the on-going GLOBE project. This institute fits in to my on-going overall annual professional goal: learn something new in Science. A specific goal for this year is to acquire training in order to participate in real time scientific investigations. An added benefit will be to share data with other schools both within my own school system and globally. I am also looking to gain the confidence and acquire strategies needed to engage my students in authentic Earth...


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I have been a GLOBE teacher since 1999.  In the first few years, my school was very active in atmosphere testing as well as hydrology.  However, we lost our atmosphere station in Hurricane Katrina, and from that year until this past school year, I did not teach Environmental Science.  I returned to teaching Env.Sci. this past school year, and renewed my interest in the GLOBE program.  I took a couple of refresher workshops on atmosphere testing and hydrology during the past few months and am ready to get to work!!! I signed up for the L2R program and summer...


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In one week I will be boarding an airplane on my way to Boulder for the ITEST/GLOBE training program. I am so excited! The schedule promises a plethora of experiences designed to increase my knowledge of climatology, project development skills, research methods, technology exposure, and best practices in all of these areas. I'm looking forward to learning so many new things to help my students learn more. I feel very fortunate to be included in this endeavor, and my school and students will reap many rewards from my work at ITEST/GLOBE.   One of the biggest...


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In one week I will be settling in at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. News stories and headlines in recent days have been rife with images of the current wildfires so honestly my thoughts about participating in the L2R event have largely centered on the impact of the fires on the Colorado citizens who are coping with this enormous crisis. My prayers go out to them as they work to contain the destruction. What I would like to get from the conference has several facets. First, I fully believe that as a teacher it is an important exercise to continue to be a student, so I'm...


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The Learning to Research project and summer institute will allow me to make some great contacts for my own professional development and for my students.  This will enhance both of our learning experiences about many topics besides climate change.  One never knows where meeting such like minded and outstanding teachers will lead. This project will increase my knowledge about climate change to better educate my students and indirectly the surrounding community. Lastly, I want to learn as much about the types of technology that can be used in the...


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This is my first blog ever, not just my first blog for L2R. I must confess that I feel like my students must when asked to do something publicly that they are not quite sure they have mastered. It's not an altogether comfortable feeling, really--a little "first day of a new school" plus "what if I fall flat on my face?" In any case, one of my biggest goals for this project is to immerse myself in new-to-me skills so that I can bring them to my classroom. If I don't try things out myself, I am much less likely to ask my students to do it. I am really quite excited about L2R. My little...


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What do I want to get out of the “From Learning to Research project and the summer Institute”? First I would like to gain more knowledge about tree phenology and apply it to our research on Alaska Climate using bud moisture content of Alaska paper birch buds to predict when bud burst would occur.Then provide an opportunity for my students to present their findings at the 2013 GLOBE conference. Second, to increase my technology skill level so that I can enhance the student learning experience by allowing the students to use more tools to assist them on their research projects. ...


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I'm appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the 2012 L2R project and summer institute.  This blog right now is a first for me.  I've read blogs quite often but this is my first opportunity to author one.  I've often thought a blog could be a great way for me to share information informally with my students.  From what I've been able to ascertain, most of my students do not currently follow any blogs or participate in blogging themselves.  This will be educational for both myself and my students. I'm hoping to take advantage of all the great...


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I am very excited to be a part of the L2R cohort, and I believe that this will be a great learning experience for me. I hope to share the information I learn with my fellow science teachers at my school. In addition, I hope to be able to collaborate and brainstorm with other teacher around the USA. Sometimes I forget that other teachers across the country are facing the same challenges that I am, and it would be great to get different perspectives and to share ideas. By collaborating with other teachers I hope to discover new activities and ways to teach my content. Other teachers...


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Like most teachers, I am constantly looking for a better way to reach my students and help instill upon them a love (or at least respect) for science.  This is no easy task with a bunch of 7th graders who seem to bounce off walls at times, let alone give anything 100% of their attention.  I have long aspired to learn how to use a project-based learning (PBL) model in my classroom.  I have family members who teach using this model and I have heard nothing but great things in terms of student engagement and achievement.  It does, however, require a lot more than...


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Sometimes, part of being a scientist is dealing with the unexpected. During research projects, scientists might get very surprising results. Or, something might happen to completely change the scope of the project. This is exactly what happened to a group of scientists in Chile . Scientists were studying how man-made armoring, such as seawalls, impact the ecology of beaches in Chile and California. They had surveyed 9 beaches in Chile when something very unexpected happened on 27 February 2010– an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit . Seawall before and after the earthquake ...


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This post is the second in a series called “Trees in Trouble”.  To see the first post in this series click here . Climate impacts so many things on this planet, most notably the types of flora and fauna that live in a specific region.  And for those creatures that have annual cycles tied to the local climate, such as the hibernation of bears, migration of birds, and life cycles of insects, a change in climate can shift their way of life and even have subsequent consequences on the environment they live in. Take the pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) for...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change General Science

Many of the world’s glaciers, such as the Exit Glacier in Alaska, United States and Pasterze Glacier in Austria, have lost mass due to melting over the past few years. One such glacier, Exploradores in southern Chile, is also disappearing.  This glacier is a sight to behold – a 20 kilometer frozen mass that is filled with cliffs of luminescent blue and indigo ice. A view from inside the Exploradores Glacier, from Nature A view from inside the Exploradores Glacier, from Nature The Exploradores Glacier is one of many glaciers in the Patagonian Ice Fields located...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change

Just over four years after my first visit to Australia (From drought to flood down under: Part I), the tides have turned and the country has gone from experiencing the driest decade on record to having the wettest two-year period on record in 2010-2011.  These recent rains have been both a blessing and a curse.  The good news is that they helped the region of southeastern Australia start to recover from the long drought (see Figure 1).  The bad news is that the rains came on heavy and strong.  In January 2011, devastating floods occurred across southeastern...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: Climate General Science

A fun and easy way to be involved in the Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) is by participating in the Climate and Land Cover (CLC) Intensive Observing Period (IOP).  This quarterly IOP focuses on documenting and uploading land cover data into the GLOBE database.  Scientists are then able to use these data to validate land cover in climate models.  Knowing the right type of land cover is important to climate models, because it plays a role in both the energy and hydrologic cycles.  For example, land cover plays an important role in how much solar energy is...


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All over the United States, spring flowers such as daffodils and crocuses began blooming nearly a month ago due to an unseasonably warm winter.  Some of my friends from many parts of the country have been mentioning how beautiful their gardens are and enjoying the warm weather.  Even my family and friends from the Mid-Atlantic region have been sending photos showing off their beautiful home gardens. Daffodils in bloom in late February Many think it’s really nice to see green grass, budding trees, and flowers in bloom in late February, as it’s a spirit lift...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Earth System Science

One important part in the scientific inquiry process that often gets overlooked is the step to communicate and share your research findings.  There are many ways that scientists share their research with each other and the community, including writing reports and publications, presenting research at conferences and meetings, and sharing their science with the community via the media.  The Internet age provides a number of great new ways for us to share science information, such as with blogs, online discussion forums, webinars, and by sharing videos. To encourage everyone...


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In December 2007, I arrived in Australia for the first time ever.  It was a critically dry period for the region, as they were in the midst of a terrible drought.  Immediately upon my arrival, there were signals of a community in dire straits.  Instead of advertisements for products and services, the signs in the airport were encouraging water conservation.  My hotel bathroom had a message affixed to the mirror asking me to limit my shower time and water usage.  The dams were drying up and many communities faced running out of water in just mere months.  As...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: Climate General Science

Welcome to my blog .... I look forward to writing in this space about things that are relevant to GLOBE Communications. I'll share what the Program is doing and show you how to get involved in the action.  


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This week we have a guest blogger, Dr. Dixon Butler. Dr. Butler was the GLOBE Chief Scientist from 1996-2003 and now works as a consultant to NASA. Students working on GLOBE Hydrology Protocols The general explanation of the scientific method focuses on comparing two situations that differ in only one clearly defined way. One case serves as the control while the other is the experiment. The results must be replicable as a check that the measurements were made correctly and that any other differences between the control and experiment are insignificant. This is an ideal,...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: General Science

Since the end of January 2012, Europe has been experiencing record-breaking cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls.  Temperatures are dropping to -40°C (-40°F) and below in Europe.  The canals of Venice are freezing over (the first time since 1991) and sections of the Black Sea have frozen (the first time since 1977).  And, Rome has received its first substantial snowfall since 1986. A small boat cuts through the ice along a canal in Venice. Photo by Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images The frozen Black Sea in Ukraine (Reuters photo) ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Investigation Areas: Atmosphere

Communities in the Sahel region of Africa depend on trees for firewood, food, building materials, and even medicine.  Anecdotal observations in this savannah climate, a transition region to the south of the Sahara Desert, have suggested the number of trees is decreasing.  A recent study by a group of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley has provided scientific support indicating that trees are indeed dying and the decline is being attributed to climate change.  Scientists looked at aerial photos dating back to 1954, satellite images, climate change...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change GLOBE Protocols

If you’ve seen the science news headlines in the past few weeks, you may have noticed stories summarizing how 2011 ranked in climate history.  What is interesting is that the headlines have been a bit contradictory.  For example, if you’ve read the story as reported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the headline reads “ NASA finds 2011 ninth-warmest year on record ”, which to me implies it was another record hot year given that it made the top ten list.  Nonetheless, another story reported in ABS news touts that the world wasn’t quite...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SCRC GLOBE Science Topics: Climate General Science

From January 22 to 26, 2012, scientists from around the world gathered for the American Meteorological Society annual meeting, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Scientists from the GLOBE Program stayed next to the beautiful Mississippi River. The Mississippi River in New Orleans (photo courtesy of Dr. Donna Charlevoix) The Mississippi River is the lifeblood of New Orleans and has so impacted the city that the city was actually developed around it. The first buildings were constructed around the river edge, which has the highest ground, and now...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Primary Audience: Students

Last week’s GLOBE Scientists’ blog, “Peculiar weather – just because it sounds odd doesn’t mean it didn’t happen!” talked about inquiry-based learning.  If you have a great question and decide to investigate further, how can you share your results?  Sharing results is an essential part of the scientific method.   If scientists didn’t share their work, how would we know what has already been done?  Or what is already known?  One of the best options for young scientists to share results is to participate in a science fair.  Science fairs often occur in...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science

I have always been passionate about the weather.  When I realized that to fulfill this passion I had to have a career in atmospheric science, I started acquiring all sorts of books, charts, movies, and other weather related things.  One of those books was a book from the early 1990’s called It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes by Jerry Dennis.  It was really interesting to me because it discussed all of the different seasons and some different phenomena that different parts of the world experience during the seasons.  As I continue to blog for The GLOBE Program, my mind...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science

When you think about farms, you may think of the sounds you hear.  Those sounds may include both natural and manmade sounds, such as the rustling of produce in the wind or machines working the fields.  While these are expected sounds that can indicate farm health, scientists recently have been looking at another natural sound: songbirds. Farmers are becoming more interested in looking at the key connections between ecological, economic, and social components to managing their farms, according to Quest science blog .  It is then important to make sure that clear and...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Investigation Areas: Earth As a System Biosphere » Arctic Bird Migration

Nitrogen is an important molecule that makes up nearly 78 percent of the atmosphere.  Burning fossil fuels and using fertilizers for agriculture are two ways that this number can increase.  But the atmosphere isn’t the only place that nitrogen is found – it is also found in bodies of water.  Of the nitrogen that is spread in fertilizers, only 25-30 percent is absorbed by plants, so that leaves a lot of nitrogen left to either be absorbed by the atmosphere or into water.  Figure 1 shows the intricacies of the nitrogen cycle, from Physical Geography.net’s Fundamentals...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Hydrosphere » Nitrates

This week, we have a guest post from Dr. Angela Rowe – a post-doc with Colorado State University and the country of Taiwan examining radar data and monsoons.  Dr. Rowe received her undergraduate degree in meteorology from Millersville University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Colorado State University, focusing on the Asian and North American Monsoons.  This post is timely, as the monsoon was mentioned in many of the state of the climate of 2010 discussions for different GLOBE regions. When most people hear the word “monsoon”, thoughts of abrupt, intense...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science

In December 2009, Dr. Donna Charlevoix, of the GLOBE Program Office, attended the COP-15 (15th meeting of the Conference of Parties) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Dr. Charlevoix gave a great summary of the meetings in five separate blog posts that began on 7 December 2009.  Some of you may have read these posts, and for those of you who haven’t, I encourage you to visit them, beginning with the first to get a better understanding of the importance of these annual meetings. This year’s meeting was titled COP-17 (17th Conference of Parties).  The meeting is...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Primary Audience: Scientists

Sometimes in a rapidly changing world, it is difficult to see the effects that small changes in human lifestyle can have on not only climate, but on ecosystems.  Various countries and international organizations are working to pass legislation to ensure change.  One such case of legislation working is being observed in the San Francisco Bay – the return of harbor porpoises.  This was recently reported in the  QUEST biology blog . The map below shows the location of the San Francisco Bay, marked by the bubble with an A, from Google.  In 1972,...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere

A few weeks ago, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) wrote about a report claiming that some of the fruit from native trees in Britain are ripening anywhere from 13 to 18 days earlier than they did a decade ago.  The report was from Nature’s Calendar, a data collection network in the United Kingdom.  While the cause isn’t specifically known, many believe it’s due to a change in climate. What does a change like this mean to the earth as a system? Scientists are interested in studying the connections between the different Earth processes – from how greenhouse...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Change GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System

2011 has been an interesting year in regards to rainfall for the GLOBE country of Thailand, as both the north and south portions of the country have seen significant flooding.  Let’s take a look at Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, which is located in the north, as well as Phuket, which is located in the south.  Here’s a map of the country for those who aren’t familiar with Thailand, with the cities of interest indicated by the red dots: Map of Thailand from Google   First, we’ll begin by examining the major flooding...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science

This week we’ll finish our look at the climate summaries for each GLOBE region with a focus on the Near East-North Africa region.  Remember that these annual reports provide a summary of the global climatic conditions and are a great benchmark for monitoring climate. Regional reports provide a tremendous amount of information. The temperature and precipitation climate summaries are highlighted here, but if you are interested, more information about the Near East-North Africa region state of the climate is available from this website: ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Earth System Science

This week we’ll continue our look at the climate summaries for each GLOBE region, with a focus on the North America region.  These annual reports provide a summary of the global climatic conditions and are a great benchmark for monitoring climate. Regional reports provide a tremendous amount of information. The temperature and precipitation climate summaries are highlighted here, but if you are interested, more information about the North America Region state of the climate is available from this website: ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change General Science Earth System Science

This week we’ll continue our look at the climate summaries for each GLOBE region, with a focus on the Latin America-Caribbean region.  Remember that these annual reports provide a summary of the global climatic conditions and are a great benchmark for monitoring climate. You can use this data in your own GLOBE climate research projects! Regional reports provide a tremendous amount of information including temperature, precipitation, tropical cyclone activity, and notable events. Temperature and precipitation climate summaries are highlighted here; more information about the...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change General Science Earth System Science

This week we’ll continue our look at the climate summaries for each GLOBE region, with a focus on the Europe-Eurasia region.  Recall that these annual reports provide a summary of the global climatic conditions and are a great benchmark for monitoring climate. Regional reports provide a tremendous amount of information. The temperature and precipitation climate summaries are highlighted here, but if you are interested, more information about the Europe-Eurasia Region state of the climate is available from this website: ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change General Science Earth System Science

This week we’ll continue our look at the climate summaries for each GLOBE region, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.  Recall that these annual reports provide a summary of the global climatic conditions and are a great benchmark for monitoring climate. Regional reports provide a tremendous amount of information. The temperature and precipitation climate summaries are highlighted here, but if you are interested, more information about the Asia-Pacific Region state of the climate is available from this website: ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change General Science Earth System Science