Opportunity for GLOBE teachers to go to Alaska

January 31, 2011 by  
Filed under NASA

Dear Science Teachers and Principals,

Thank you for supporting our program. Hopefully, you are having a great new year! Our news letter reaches new volume (vol.6!). So, we have already 6th years now!
Here is a recent update of our program:

1. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a world-wide environmental science program where students investigate their local environment to better understand science content as well as science processes (observing, designing experiments, collecting data, drawing inferences, communicating results, the nature of science, etc). Here at UAF we operate the GLOBE Seasons and Biomes project, where we support classrooms as they investigate seasonal changes and climate. You can learn more about GLOBE at www.globe.gov > and about Seasons and Biomes at http://classic.globe.gov/projects/seasons
Seasons and Biomes is being used by classrooms around the world and is a great way for your students to link up with other students conducting similar investigations in their own environments. We will be holding a GLOBE Seasons and Biomes workshop at UA Fairbanks during 6-10 June. If you would like to attend, please contact Martha Kopplin at mrkopplin@alaska.edu for an application. If your application is accepted, we can pay for your travel and lodging (in a dorm on campus) and also per diem at $44/ day, the Alaska state rate. We will also supply your school with supplies needed to conduct the GLOBE investigations you choose to undertake with your students (ie, weather station, thermometers, etc). The class will be offered as an optional 3 credit 500 level course. Your only fee is $90 if you want to take it for credit.

Here is a brief outline of what we will cover:
Day 1 – Intro to GLOBE, earth system science, observation, GPS
Day 2 – Atmosphere protocols (air temperature, precipitation, clouds), asking a research question
Day 3 – Phenology protocols (budburst, green up, green down), collecting and analyzing data
Day 4 – Ice Seasonality and Frost Tube protocols, designing an investigation
Day 5 – Authentic assessment, building an implementation plan

2. Temperature and frost depth report will be published this year for 161 schools and communities in our network including other permafrost countries. We will also establish frost tube sites at Southeast Alaskan communities in this summer!!

3. Are you interested in earning three free education credits by learning more about permafrost and climate change? Sign up to field test an online interactive professional development course for secondary teachers. The project is funded by NASA and created by the UAF Geophysical Institute. Classroom resources include interactive online activities and science lessons aligned to state and national standards. Learn how to use NASA resources, Google Earth, and ImageJ to study Alaska’s climate and permafrost. Field testing begins in end of January 2011. Teacher input required. Hurry, space is limited. Contact: Sam Norlin (907) 474-5318 / cryosphere@gi.alaska.edu if interested in participating in this unique opportunity.

See www.CryosphericConnection.org to learn more about the program.

4. Time is for science fair or science project at school! Do you know somebody interesting or doing permafrost related topics? Please let me know!!

5. For frost tube schools, it is nice to check your frost depth after newyear! If you have a chance to check frost tube, please e-mail me the depth of frost and snow depth. I will update at your school data in our web page. Protocol and worksheet is available from web site.

6. “Tunnel Man Episode 5 (The great Journey)” is start filming. This will be a last episode and going to big filming, CG & editing work (using 5-7 songs, on location in the Tanzania, Peruvian Andes, Mongolia, Tibet as well as Alaskan communities!), however, we try to finish this coming spring! Movie trailer is available at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vglKn3Llg !!

7. “Frozen bubble” video was updated. This time, we used the world first colored bubble soap “zububbles”. That zububbles much better looking, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOeHRJ4NVVw

8. We start planning for spring airplane trip to maintain loggers, to catch up schools etc… Hopefully we can land at Little Diomede this year again. Please let me know, if you need me! I would like to include the schedule, if possible.
I really like… but I don’t go by snowmachine this year. But yes, by the boat to Southeast!!

Again, thank you for your participants.
Have a nice winter!

Kenji Yoshikawa

Water and Environmental Research Center
Institute of Northern Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 755860 Fairbanks Alaska 99775-5860
Phone & Fax 907-474-6090
E-mail: kyoshikawa@alaska.edu

Ice forming fast on the Great Lakes

January 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog

Hi All,
With all of the cold weather in December and especially lately in January, ice has been forming quickly on the Great Lakes. Below are some images of the ice.

I track the ice on the Ottawa River that flows through the University of Toledo campus. I take a picture every few days to keep track of how it changes. The ice finally became 100% in early February. The area under the bridge in general freezes well after the more exposed parts of the river. But, I think there is also a source of warm water coming into the river from somewhere near campus.

January 3, 2011

February 3, 2011

Snow cover is deep in the United States.