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Sea Ice Food Webs—Hands On Sampler Teacher Guide, Beth Caissie 2010 Iowa State University

Sea Ice Food Webs—Hands On Sampler Teacher Guide, Beth Caissie

IPY STEM Polar Connections

This activity is a variation on a food web game that I’ve seen played many times before, but it is adapted to reflect a sea ice food web and show the many organisms that are intimately connected to polar bears.


Seasonal Changes In Sea Ice, Rob Snyder 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Seasonal Changes In Sea Ice, Rob Snyder

IPY STEM Polar Connections

No abstract provided.


Build A Remote Sensing Satellite, Rob Snyder 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Build A Remote Sensing Satellite, Rob Snyder

IPY STEM Polar Connections

•Build a model of a remote sensing satellite. •Use your model of a satellite to transform reflected visible of different frequencies into electrical signals with different voltages. •Use different colors of paper to calibrate the model. •Create a model of a landscape using three different colors of paper. •Create a “false color” image of the model of a landscape (if time permits).


Melting Ice And Sea Level Change, Morton Sternheim 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Melting Ice And Sea Level Change, Morton Sternheim

IPY STEM Polar Connections

Global warming can melt snow or ice on Greenland, Antarctica, and other land areas. It can also melt floating ice in the Arctic Ocean. How do the two cases compare in changing sea levels?


A (Selective) History Of The International Polar Year, Ray Bradley 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

A (Selective) History Of The International Polar Year, Ray Bradley

IPY STEM Polar Connections

No abstract provided.


Brine Rejection Activity, Beth Caissie, Rob Snyder 2010 Iowa State University

Brine Rejection Activity, Beth Caissie, Rob Snyder

IPY STEM Polar Connections

As salt water freezes, the salt is pushed out of solution through channels in the ice. This process is called brine rejection or brine exclusion. These channels are often used as microhabitats by ice algae, zooplankton, and even tiny fish. You can easily demonstrate what these channels look like.


Polar Remote Sensing, Beth Caissie 2010 Iowa State University

Polar Remote Sensing, Beth Caissie

IPY STEM Polar Connections

•Satellite sensors specialize in collecting data about specific wavelengths The Geostationary Operational Environment Satellites (GOES) operated by NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce provide continuous monitoring of weather conditions. Orbiting the Earth’s equatorial plane at a speed exactly matching the planet’s rotation, satellites in the GOES network seem to hover over fixed spots. They monitor atmospheric conditions that lead to hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, and hail storms.


Why The Arctic? An Overview, Julie Brigham-Grette 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Why The Arctic? An Overview, Julie Brigham-Grette

IPY STEM Polar Connections

No abstract provided.


Albedo Effects In Polar Regions, Morton Sternheim 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Albedo Effects In Polar Regions, Morton Sternheim

IPY STEM Polar Connections

•Why are Polar Regions more affected by global warming than other parts of the globe? •One reason (there are others) is that as sea ice melts and more open water appears, more energy is absorbed, and warming accelerates. •This is a form of positive feedback and it makes the polar climate change faster than the climate in temperate areas. •Increasing vegetation on land also has a similar positive feedback effect.


2010 Newsletter, Morton Sternheim 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

2010 Newsletter, Morton Sternheim

STEM Education Institute Newsletters

Nanotechnology 2010 Institute p. 2

STEM IPY

Polar Connections Institute p. 4

Legacy Beyond Our Doors p. 5

Nanotechnology Educationp.10

Tuesday & Saturday Seminars p.12

GRANTS REPORTS

STEMRAYS: After four years p. 3

Noyce Scholars: where are they now? p. 9

CLIMATE LITERACY

Are You Climate Literate? p. 6

Far Reaches of the Climate Literacy Conference p. 7

Testing the Schools p. 8


Detecting Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide With Btb, Stephan Schneider 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Detecting Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide With Btb, Stephan Schneider

IPY STEM Polar Connections

A study of the concentration of carbon dioxide gas in air samples requires an understanding of effective sampling techniques, the use of pH indicators, an understanding of chemical reactions that result on the formation of acidic compounds, and an understanding of the chemical processes that contribute to the composition and characteristics of Earth’s atmosphere.


Recommended Books, Holly Hargraves, Ray Bradley 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Recommended Books, Holly Hargraves, Ray Bradley

IPY STEM Polar Connections

No abstract provided.


Teacher’S Guide: Penguins Of Antarctic Region, Marie Silver 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Teacher’S Guide: Penguins Of Antarctic Region, Marie Silver

IPY STEM Polar Connections

These activities help to connect science learning with real world issues through a study of the Antarctic region. By studying the penguins of the South Pole region you can tap students’ interest in a charismatic macrospecies through demonstrating their adaptation to ongoing climate changes and human activity. A number of current research projects at Antarctic research stations can be accessed online and the data used to demonstrate key concepts of feeding behavior, migration, breeding and population dynamics. The attached activity is in three parts and includes one hands-on demonstration, several mapping exercises and some data interpretation. These activities also provide ...


Caribou, Whales, Andenvironmental Variability, Craig Nicolson 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Caribou, Whales, Andenvironmental Variability, Craig Nicolson

IPY STEM Polar Connections

How many caribou are there? Increasing or decreasing? Carrying capacity? How do we measure habitat quality?? Satellite imagery. Whale migration patterns. Activities on caribou and whales. Also, see http://www.nfb.ca/film/being_caribou/ a video entitled Being Caribou..


Carbon Travels Game, Marie Silver 2010 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Carbon Travels Game, Marie Silver

IPY STEM Polar Connections

Carbon cycle game.

Proportions for this activity are based LOOSELY on data from the Exploring the Environment website http://davem2.cotf.edu/ete/modules/carbon/effig11_full.html

They have a brief overview of the carbon cycle at http://davem2.cotf.edu/ete/modules/carbon/efcarbon.html


Atmospheric Co2 And Temperature. What Is Normal?, Beth Caissie, Julie Brigham-Grette 2010 Iowa State University

Atmospheric Co2 And Temperature. What Is Normal?, Beth Caissie, Julie Brigham-Grette

IPY STEM Polar Connections

–How much of a change in CO2 concentration and other GHGs is natural? –What is the normal range of CO2 and temperature variability? How is normal defined in this context? –What is the relationship between CO2 and global temperatures?


Modeling Shoreline Change And Resulting Wetland Response Due To Erosion And Sea-Level Rise: A Case Study In Dorchester County, Maryland, Mirtha Karinna Nunez 2010 College of William and Mary - Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Modeling Shoreline Change And Resulting Wetland Response Due To Erosion And Sea-Level Rise: A Case Study In Dorchester County, Maryland, Mirtha Karinna Nunez

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The present study was focused on developing a shoreline change forecast and wetland response model for Dorchester County, MD, to evaluate the vulnerability of wetlands to shoreline erosion and inundation due to relative sea level rise. The model considers the following forces involved in wetland stability and sustainability: inundation (as a function of topography and sea-level rise), shoreline erosion, vertical accretion and horizontal migration. To predict the long-term risk to nearshore wetlands and the potential habitat zone for wetlands in the next 50 years, shoreline change due to inundation and erosion/accretion was assessed within the frameworks of two-dimensional and ...


To The Ice: George Bird Grinnell's 1887 Ascent Of Grinnell Glacier, Richard Vaughan 2010 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

To The Ice: George Bird Grinnell's 1887 Ascent Of Grinnell Glacier, Richard Vaughan

Articles by Maurer Faculty

This article discusses a climbing expedition undertaken by U.S. conservationist George Bird Grinnell to ascend what would come to be known as Grinnell Glacier in Montana. Grinnell’s efforts to establish Glacier National Park are detailed. Grinnell’s previously unpublished descriptions of the glacier and its surrounding area are analyzed by the author.


Investigating The Source Of Thermal Anomalies In The Northern United Arab Emirates (Uae) Desert Using Geophysical Methods, Khalid Ahmad 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology

Investigating The Source Of Thermal Anomalies In The Northern United Arab Emirates (Uae) Desert Using Geophysical Methods, Khalid Ahmad

Doctoral Dissertations

"We conducted geophysical surveys to investigate the source of thermal anomalies and to delineate any potential water transport pathways from the recharge zones in the Oman Mountains to the location of the temporal thermal anomalies within the desert plain of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the visible region of the spectrum of both ASTER and MODIS satellite images, the desert plain of the UAE appears as a bare sandy surface. However, detailed examination of these images in the thermal bands reveal cooler thermal anomalies within the desert plain following major rainfall events. This anomaly has a cooler surface of ...


Cretaceous/Paleogene Boundary Biostratigraphy And Palynofacies Of The Alo-1 Well, Southeastern Nigeria, Janet Diane Raymer 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology

Cretaceous/Paleogene Boundary Biostratigraphy And Palynofacies Of The Alo-1 Well, Southeastern Nigeria, Janet Diane Raymer

Masters Theses

"The Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary (K/Pg) has been studied in great detail because of the fascination most people have with the extinction of the dinosaurs. The response of the vegetation to this extinction event has been studied in detail in mid to high latitudes, but little is known about what happened in the tropics. Sixty-seven samples from the Nsukka and Imo formations in the Alo-1 well in the Anambra Basin, southeastern Nigeria have been studied for their palynological contents. The aims of the study was to use spores, pollen and dispersed organic matter components to interpret biostratigraphy, and evaluate depositional ...


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