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Alaska Native Villages Work to Enhance Local Economies as They Minimize Environmental Risks
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As reduced sea ice conditions bring increased shipping and development opportunities to ...

As reduced sea ice conditions bring increased shipping and development opportunities to the Arctic, Alaska Native Village Corporations are at the table with resource developers, representing the interests of their people and land.

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Applied Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Global Climate Change Lesson
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Students learn how the greenhouse effect is related to global warming and ...

Students learn how the greenhouse effect is related to global warming and how global warming impacts our planet, including global climate change. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and how we react to these changes are the main points of focus of this lesson.

Subject:
Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Christie Chatterley
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Karen King
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Grand Isle: Louisiana's First Line of Defense from Coastal Flooding
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Lying directly south of New Orleans on Louisiana’s coast, Grand Isle often ...

Lying directly south of New Orleans on Louisiana’s coast, Grand Isle often bears the brunt of strong waves and storm surge in the Gulf of Mexico. To protect this town and inland parishes from flooding, engineers constructed a first line of defense.

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Applied Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore
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Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a ...

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index, examining real data related to relative sea-level change for different areas of the Californian coas,t including Point Reyes National Seashore.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum
Author:
Len Vacher
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
The Mexican Underground
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Deep underneath Mexico‰ŰŞs Yucatan peninsula, underground rivers wind their way to the ...

Deep underneath Mexico‰ŰŞs Yucatan peninsula, underground rivers wind their way to the sea. In some places, the forest floor has fallen in, leaving holes in the ground to access these mysterious underwater caves. The holes, called cenotes, were considered openings to the underworld by the ancient Mayans. In this video, Jonathan teams up with an expert cave diver to explore these spooky underground rivers. Please see the accompanying lesson plan for educational objectives, discussion points and classroom activities.

Subject:
Life Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
Author:
Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
Practising Science: Reading the Rocks and Ecology
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Have you ever wondered how scientists analyze the environment? This unit introduces ...

Have you ever wondered how scientists analyze the environment? This unit introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential schools. You will learn how to determine where rocks have come from and how they were made. You will also examine the processes involved in determining the ecology of a particular area.

Subject:
Ecology
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Preparing to Respond to Oil Spills in the Arctic
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As the number of ice-free days in the seas surrounding Alaska increases ...

As the number of ice-free days in the seas surrounding Alaska increases over time, so do opportunities. Oil and gas companies are ramping up offshore exploration and drilling in the Arctic and the shipping industry is increasing traffic around and through the region. As a result, Arctic residents may have new opportunities for jobs and development across the region. There’s also a downside to the increased activity. Oil and gas extraction operations occasionally have accidents—events that can result in massive oil spills.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Quantifying Risk Shows Value of Replacing Highway
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Louisiana’s Highway 1 carries a significant fraction of the gas and oil ...

Louisiana’s Highway 1 carries a significant fraction of the gas and oil that comes from the Gulf of Mexico to distribution points in the United States. Faced with rising seas and sinking land, would the cost of rebuilding the road be worth the investment it required?

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Quinault Indian Nation Plans for Village Relocation
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As the threats of tsunami and sea level rise are joined by ...

As the threats of tsunami and sea level rise are joined by real and potential climate impacts, the Quinault community looks to move the lower village of Taholah to higher ground.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Sea Level Change: Basics
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This lesson describes the physical processes, both natural and human-induced, that lead ...

This lesson describes the physical processes, both natural and human-induced, that lead to changes in sea level. The processes described include climate induced changes in ocean heat content and volume, natural oceanic cycles, and both natural and human-induced changes in coastal land elevation. The learning is enhanced with rich graphics and periodic questions.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Sea Level Change: Datums and Terminology
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This lesson addresses how sea level is determined and applied. It starts ...

This lesson addresses how sea level is determined and applied. It starts with a general discussion of the surfaces that form the basis of measurement, called datums, then looks more closely at the vertical datums that form the basis of height measurements. We cover tidal datums in more depth, including the different datums, their extent, period of record (called a tidal epoch), and common applications. We conclude with a look at some data resources for tidal datums and sea level trends.

Subject:
Oceanography
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Sequence Stratigraphy
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This site provides visual resources and supporting material about the study of ...

This site provides visual resources and supporting material about the study of sequence stratigraphy. Resources accessible from this site include informational text, images, animations and short videos which can be integrated into lectures, labs or other activities.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Shopping Mall Exhibit Raises Awareness of Sea Level Rise
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Residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast are familiar with the flooding hazards ...

Residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast are familiar with the flooding hazards associated with storms, yet many are unaware of the risk of sea level rise. Shoppers at a local mall had a chance to explore the potential impacts of sea level rise on their communities.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Show Don't Tell: Visualizing Sea Level Rise to Set Planning Priorities
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City officials in Tybee Island, Georgia, recognized sea level rise as a ...

City officials in Tybee Island, Georgia, recognized sea level rise as a growing problem for their community. Visualizations from a sea level rise viewer helped them raise awareness of the city's vulnerabilities and led to development of Georgia’s first sea level rise plan.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Prepares for Climate Change Impacts
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From changes in traditional foods to concerns of displacement from rising seas, ...

From changes in traditional foods to concerns of displacement from rising seas, this coastal community in the Pacific Northwest is assessing potential impacts to make decisions for their future.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Tsunamis
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This module introduces the science of tsunamis: their causes, initiation process, properties, ...

This module introduces the science of tsunamis: their causes, initiation process, properties, propagation, inundation, and long-term effects. Through new animations, historical images, video, and interactive exercises, learners discover the ways tsunamis interact with and affect the world. The module is intended for Weather Forecast Office staff — particularly NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologists — who desire a better understanding of tsunamis in their role as issuers of tsunami warning-related messages. But it will also benefit anyone wanting to learn more about how tsunamis work, including emergency managers, broadcasters, college and high school students, and the general public.

Subject:
Life Science
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Tsunami Warning Systems
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Tsunami Warning Systems describes the processes involved in anticipating, detecting, and warning ...

Tsunami Warning Systems describes the processes involved in anticipating, detecting, and warning for a tsunami by summarizing data collection, modeling, analysis, and alert procedures used at NOAA's Tsunami Warning Centers. A simulated event and past tsunami occurrences are used to highlight warning system processes for determining the tsunami threat based on seismic and sea level data and tsunami forecast models. Message communication and local response are also addressed as final components of any warning system. The module is intended for Weather Forecast Office staff and emergency managers who require a better understanding of the technical aspects of tsunami warning delivery. The module will also benefit anyone wanting to learn more about the components of tsunami warning systems.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data
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Researchers believe that sea level is rising worldwide. But how are water ...

Researchers believe that sea level is rising worldwide. But how are water levels monitored and measured?This Web site features five activities at different levels to help you learn about sea level using real data.

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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Data in the Classroom
Author:
Todd Viola and Caroline Joyce
Weather Observing Fundamentals
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"Weather Observing Fundamentals" provides guidance for U.S. Navy Aerographer's Mates, Quartermasters, and ...

"Weather Observing Fundamentals" provides guidance for U.S. Navy Aerographer's Mates, Quartermasters, and civilian observers tasked with taking and reporting routine, special, and synoptic observations. Although the focus of this lesson is on shipboard observations, much of the content applies to land-based observing and reporting as well. The lesson details standard procedures for taking accurate weather observations and for encoding those observations on COMNAVMETOCCOM Report 3141/3. Exercises throughout the lesson and four weather identification drills at the end provide learners with opportunities to practice and build their skills. The lesson covers a large amount of content. You may wish to work through the material in multiple sessions.

Subject:
Education
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET