The NASA SMD Education E-News is a free monthly email newsletter. To subscribe, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Subscribe” as the subject. Current and back issues of this report are available on the Web
Environmental News Network -- http://www.enn.com/ -- daily environmental news.
NASA's Global Change Master On-line Directory (GCMD) 2008 -- Provides descriptions of Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change research. More than 10,600 descriptions of Earth and environmental science data, with information on how to obtain the data and/or direct links to data sources. The individual data set descriptions were contributed by more than 1,300 data centers, government agencies, universities, research institutions and private researchers around the world. The directory is organized by topics: Agriculture, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Human Dimensions, Hydrosphere, Land Surface, Oceans, Paleoclimate, Radiance/Imagery, Solid Earth, Snow and Ice and Sun-Earth Interactions.
Earth & Sky's 90-second radio shows are available online. Download shows to a computer or subscribe athttp://www.earthsky.org/extra/subscribe.
Earth Observatory http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
- Earth Observatory Library http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/
- Earth Observatory --Natural Hazards (drought, fire, volcanoes, floods, severe storms, dust and smoke)http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/
- Newsroom--new images seven days a week at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/
- Disintegration of the Ninnis Glacier Tongue shows that the large glacier tongue of the Ninnis Glacier on the coast of East Antarctica has disintegrated, changing the shape of the coastline almost overnight.
- From the Top of the World to the Bottom of the Food Web -- a comprehensive web site which addresses the topic of NASA's ocean color satellite instruments.
- Frozen Soils and the Climate System -- the role that frozen soils play within the Earth's climate system.
- Hurricanes--In the Eyewall of the Storm (DAAC Study)-- A new study using CAMEX-3 hurricane data reveals the role of "hot towers" in increasing a storm's fury.
- NASA images http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/photos.html
- Ocean-- John Martin devoted his career to understanding the basic chemical processes that govern life in the ocean. His famous "iron hypothesis" introduced a controversial method for lowering worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by simply dumping iron into the oceans.
- Pinatubo--Astronauts Photographs
- Real color images of Earth taken from a camera on the International Space Station -- http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu/
- Dropping in on a Hurricane -- By dropping small sensors into hurricanes from above, scientists are acquiring data at high altitudes that will help them better understand the structure and dynamics of hurricanes.
- Rain Helps Carbon Sink -- Forests and other vegetation in the U.S. consume about a quarter of the carbon dioxide gas the country produces each year. Over the past few decades the size of this ìcarbon sinkî has been growing. NASA researchers now believe increased rain and snowfall are encouraging plant growth, which in turn are sequestering carbon dioxide.
- Prospecting from Orbit -- With help from the ASTER instrument aboard the NASA's Terra satellite, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have embarked on an ambitious effort to create a worldwide map of well-exposed metal ore deposits.
- Locust! By tracking rainfall-induced changes in vegetation in the desert locust's habitat, scientists can help predict when conditions are becoming ripe for the formation of a plague.
Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) brings together government agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, and businesses in an effort to make Earth Science information available to a broader community. Gateways to an impressive set of data centers
Earth Science Literacy Initiative
Earth Shots--Satellite Images of Environmental Change
US Global Change Research Program http://www.usgcrp.gov/
EPA's Planet Protectors Club for Kids
Goddard Space Flight Center Top Story Archive http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/archives.html
Goddard Space Flight Center Press Release Archive
Stanford lectures audio files on iTunes - free
For the latest NASA Earth science news, visit the NASA Earth Observatory (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov or Science@NASA (http://science.nasa.gov/).
12/16/2003 -- The Maine Event, by Diane Curtis. Excerpt: Almost 1 1/2 years after laptops began flooding Maine's middle schools, students, teachers, principals, and parents across the Pine Tree State are relaying success stories for which the portable computers are credited. Stories of sullen truants transformed into outgoing school leaders. Stories of leveling the playing field. Stories of environmental projects or oral histories benefiting and uniting not just the school community, but the community at large. Stories of teachers reinvigorated by a new way of teaching that encourages real-world problem-solving and individual student initiative...
1/19/2004 -- Laptops On Expedition, by Diane Curtis. At first, it may look like they're taking part in a graduation ceremony, but the students who march across the stage at Maine's Falmouth Audubon Society to shake hands with their principal and teachers aren't walking away with diplomas. They're walking away with tangible results of their learning. In this particular case, the 85 seventh graders from Helen King Middle School in Portland each received a copy of "Fading Footprints," a CD-ROM they produced about Maine's endangered species...
Earth Systems Science Education in the 21st Century Design Guide for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education (College level)
Earth Systems Science (ESS) 16-Week On-Line Graduate Course for 5th - 9th Grade Teachers, by WestEd Eisenhower Regional Consoritum.
Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) -- provides step-by-step instructions for using Earth science datasets and software tools in educational settings. Each chapter of the EET walks users through an example-a case study in which the user accesses data and uses analysis tools to explore issues or concepts in Earth system science. In each chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data products.
Earth Systems Science On-Line Course for Earth Systems Science online courses (16-week) through WestEd Eisenhower Regional Consortium. features student-centered, knowledge-building virtual communities. Teachers participating in the High School ESS course will engage in a collaborative, inquiry-based electronic environment: team with fellow teachers, analyze the impact of Earth events on spheres, develop Earth systems models, research Problem Based Learning (PBL), and create ESS and PBL activities to use in their classrooms. Contact: Libby Rognier <email@example.com> Tel: 415-615-3214
Earth Comm -- High school Earth Science course from It's About Time Publishing
The GEODE Initiative -- The Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative at Northwestern University is dedicated to improving public understanding of our world through education about the Earth’s physical, biological, and social systems. The GEODE Initiative develops and studies curriculum, software, and teacher professional development.