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Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change
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Climate is changing at unprecedented rates in recorded history. A variety of ...

Climate is changing at unprecedented rates in recorded history. A variety of lines of evidence demonstrate that climate change is likely to affect the hydrologic cycle and thus create new challenges in water management. This requires that climate change information be included in water and water-related resources planning, operations, and management. Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change describes the terminology, global evidence, regional manifestations, and basic science of global climate variability and anthropogenic change, with a focus on water resources management. The lesson presents this information using rich graphics, animations, and interactions. Key messages are highlighted from the 2014 National Climate Assessment, produced by the United States Global Change Research Program. The intended audience for Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change includes managers and professionals working in water resources planning under variable and changing climates. This includes people who are somewhat removed from the implementation of climate change policy, but still need to be conversant in the topic.

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Atmospheric Science
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 2: General Principles in Integrating Climate Change
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This lesson describes a common approach used by the United States Bureau ...

This lesson describes a common approach used by the United States Bureau of Reclamation to scope a study on integrating climate change information into water resources management and planning. Learners will become familiar with the types of questions that must be addressed for considering climate change impacts when scoping their study. Examples are given for several different water resources mission areas. Note that this is the second of a two lesson series, the first one is titled, "Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change."

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Climatology for the Operational Forecaster
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Climate information can be used as guidance for a range of weather-dependent ...

Climate information can be used as guidance for a range of weather-dependent operations. This module summarizes the Climate Analysis Process, a series of steps for determining which climatological products and data will be most useful for a specified application. The Climate Analysis Process is followed in the context of preparing a climatological brief for a ship deployment across multiple ocean basins. Though the focus is on Department of Defense data sources, including the Advanced Climate Analysis and Forecasting (ACAF) system, information on other sources is also provided. Products from the various sources are used to assemble a final climatological brief relevant to naval operations.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Cloud Identification
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In this online, interactive module, students learn about the ten common cloud ...

In this online, interactive module, students learn about the ten common cloud types and how they are formed and how to identify different cloud types on satellite images. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

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Atmospheric Science
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NASA
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Cloud Observation
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This lab activity is part of the Starting Point collection. In this ...

This lab activity is part of the Starting Point collection. In this short, serial basic-meteorology lab, students identify different cloud types and estimate cloud cover over a period of several days. This website details learning goals, context for the lab, and teaching notes. A list of teaching materials and links to further resources are also provided.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Cloudman's Gallery of Clouds
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This site includes extensive information on cloud formation, types of clouds, and ...

This site includes extensive information on cloud formation, types of clouds, and tips for cloud observation. Other topics covered are weather, cloud history and photography tips.

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Atmospheric Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
John A. Day
Clouds
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In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud ...

In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud classification, and the role of clouds in heating and cooling the Earth; how to interpret TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) images and data; and the role clouds play in the Earth’s radiant budget and climate. Students assume the role of weather interns in a state climatology office and assist a frustrated student in a homework assignment. Learning is supported by a cloud in a bottle and an ice-albedo demonstration, a three-day cloud monitoring outdoor activity, and student journal assignments. The hands-on activities require two 2-liter soda bottles, an infrared heat lamp, and two thermometers. The resource includes a teacher's guide, questions and answer key, assessment rubric, glossary, and an appendix with information supporting PBL in the classroom.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Assessment
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Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Coastal Climate Change
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As climate changes, dynamic coastal regions are experiencing a wide range of ...

As climate changes, dynamic coastal regions are experiencing a wide range of impacts. Sea levels, ocean acidification, sea surface temperatures, ocean heat, and ocean circulation have all been changing in ways unseen for thousands of years. Arctic sea ice melted significantly more during summers in the last 30 years, and storms are intensifying. Coastal ecosystems stand to be damaged, and coasts will likely erode from rising sea levels, intensified storm surges, and flooding that climate change may amplify. Coastal communities will need to prepare adaptation strategies to cope, and many who live or work in coastal regions are wondering what climate change might mean for them. This module provides an overview of the impacts coastal regions are experiencing and may continue to experience as a result of Earth’s changing climate. A video series within the module demonstrates effective strategies for communicating climate science.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Coastal Upwelling: Remote Sensing of Upwelling
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This self-paced, interactive tutorial incorporates data sets from a variety of sources ...

This self-paced, interactive tutorial incorporates data sets from a variety of sources to investigate coastal oceanographic processes and their connections to climate and biology. Learners will predict coastal upwelling events based on prevailing physical conditions, and become familiar with how upwelling and bloom events in the ocean can be detected using satellite imagery, and make connections between local ocean conditions and global consequences. This resource is part of the tutorial series, Satellite Observations in Science Education, and is the second of three modules in the tutorial, Coastal Upwelling. (Note: requires Java plug-in)

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Coastal Upwelling: The Biological Pump and the Significance of Upwelling
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This self-paced, interactive tutorial explores how biological activity helps to determine vertical ...

This self-paced, interactive tutorial explores how biological activity helps to determine vertical nutrient distributions in the ocean, examines why upwelling boosts marine productivity, and considers how various physical forces interact to determine upwelling. Learners then predict coastal upwelling events based on prevailing physical conditions as identified in remotely-sensed imagery. This resource is part of the tutorial series, Satellite Observations in Science Education, and is the first of three modules in the tutorial, Coastal Upwelling. (Note: requires Java plug-in)

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Engineering
Life Science
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Coastal Upwelling: Upwelling and Remote Sensing-Other Considerations
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This self-paced, interactive tutorial examines upwelling in non-coastal regions of the ocean ...

This self-paced, interactive tutorial examines upwelling in non-coastal regions of the ocean as well as the factors that influence algal blooms. Learners become familiar with ocean dynamics that create a surface deficit of water and cause upwelling, and engage in activities that allow them to detect and measure the areal extent of blooms using remotely-sensed imagery. This resource is part of the tutorial series, Satellite Observations in Science Education, and is the third of three modules in the tutorial, Coastal Upwelling. (Note: requires Java plug-in)

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Engineering
Life Science
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Coastal and Continental Temperature Ranges
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Climographs, graphic plots of monthly temperature and precipitation, allow students to see ...

Climographs, graphic plots of monthly temperature and precipitation, allow students to see how differences in insolation at various locations affect rates of heating and cooling. In this activity, students use climographs to plot locations using latitude and longitude, calculate annual temperature ranges, and relate unequal rates of heating and cooling to climate variations. They will also construct climographs for two locations in New York, analyze them, and answer questions about their observations.

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Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Becky Remis
Coastally Trapped Wind Reversals
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This module starts with a forecast scenario that occurs along the California ...

This module starts with a forecast scenario that occurs along the California coast. The module then proceeds to describe the structure and climatology of these disturbances, as well as their synoptic and mesoscale evolution. The instruction concludes with a section on forecasting coastally trapped wind reversals. The module also includes a concise summary for quick reference and a final exam to test your knowledge. Like other modules in the Mesoscale Meteorology Primer, this module comes with audio narration, rich graphics, and a companion print version.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Cold Air Damming
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Cold Air Damming is part of the Mesoscale Meteorology Primer series. This ...

Cold Air Damming is part of the Mesoscale Meteorology Primer series. This module first presents a Navy forecast scenario prior to the development of a major cold air damming (CAD) event along the east slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Then, from a conceptual standpoint, the classic CAD scenario is described in detail, both from an observational and modeling standpoint.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Coming of the Ice
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In this activity, students investigate sea level change during glacial maxima during ...

In this activity, students investigate sea level change during glacial maxima during the Ice Ages, and learn how lowered sea level presented additional routes for intercontinental human migration. Summary background information, data and images supporting the activity are available on the Earth Update data site. To complete the activity, students will need to access the Space Update multimedia collection, which is available for download and purchase for use in the classroom.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Communicating Climate Change Scenarios With Decision Makers: Lecture by Dr. Holly Hartmann, Research Hydrologist
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In this 1-hour lecture, presented in three parts, research hydrologist Dr. Holly ...

In this 1-hour lecture, presented in three parts, research hydrologist Dr. Holly Hartmann discusses issues and approaches for communicating with decision-makers regarding climate change topics in water management and planning. Dr. Hartmann is a national leader in research related to the development of decision support tools for climate, water, and other resource management applications, especially linking research with the needs of decision-makers and moving research into agency operations. Dr. Hartmann is Carpe Diem West’s Director of Climate Science Applications. Previously she was Director of the Arid Lands Information Center at the University of Arizona (UA). She is a co-investigator within the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and leads the scenario development team within the UA Science and Technology Center for the Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA). This presentation was given as part of the Integrating Climate Change into Longer-term Water Resources Planning and Environmental Compliance class, offered 2-4 May 2016, in collaboration between The COMET Program, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Atmospheric Science
Hydrology
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Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Communicating Forecast Uncertainty
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This scenario-based lesson introduces the topic of communicating forecast uncertainty to decision-makers, ...

This scenario-based lesson introduces the topic of communicating forecast uncertainty to decision-makers, such as emergency managers, related industry professionals, the public, and other end-users. In a case that spans the lesson, learners begin by developing a forecast discussion using deterministic data, refine it with probabilistic ensemble data, and evaluate how well it conveys uncertainty information. Then they assume several end-user roles, assessing how well the forecast discussion addresses their needs. From there, important research findings on communicating uncertainty are discussed. In the lesson’s culminating section, learners apply the findings as several decision-makers call the forecast office, requesting specific weather information.

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Atmospheric Science
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Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
Community Hurricane Preparedness, 2nd Edition
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The purpose of this course is to provide emergency managers who face ...

The purpose of this course is to provide emergency managers who face threats from tropical cyclones and hurricanes with basic information about: How tropical cyclones form The hazards they pose How the NWS forecasts future hurricane behavior What tools and guiding principles can help emergency managers prepare their communities The course is not intended to take the place of courses sponsored by FEMA, the National Hurricane Center, and/or state agencies. However, it will provide a good background for those who either plan to attend those courses or cannot attend them. The original module was published in 2000. This 2nd edition provides updated information on hurricane science and National Weather Service forecast products. In addition, a new section on Emergency Management discusses decision-making tools that can help emergency managers in response and evacuation decision-making during hurricane threats. This module is course number IS-324.a in FEMA's Emergency Management Institute's Independent Study catalog.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET