Teachers will be introduced to the basic evidence for our changing climate system, including impacts on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere (soils), and biosphere. This unit will cover these broad topics:
· Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
· Climate Change and Regional Impacts
· Climate Change and Extreme Weather
· Geospatial Infrastructure for Coastal Communities: Informing Adaptation to Sea Level Rise
· The Climate Literacy Principles
· Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together
· Climate Change and NGSS
· Climate Data for Teachers - Where can I find ______ ?
· Introduction to Climatology
· Climate Change Misconceptions
We will use training materials from the UCAR/COMET/MetEd program (http://meted.ucar.edu/
), developed by and for professionals who use meteorological and climatological information in their jobs, and we've used these for teachers and introductory audiences successfully for many years. With this course, teachers will enhance their ability to understand and teach the science of climate and climate change. An advanced unit will follow in a subsequent term that will take participants through a workshop that facilitates understanding of climate models, and differences between weather forecasts and climate projections.