BudBurst Academy Free online course for K-12 teachers

January 31, 2012 by  
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From: Teresa Mourad
Date: January 30, 2012 4:32:24 AM AKST
To: “eesummit@list.esa.org”
Subject: [EESummit] BudBurst Academy Free online course for K-12 teachers

Please share this opportunity for K-12 educators with those in your network who may be interested.

Limited time offer! Act now and be part of the first online course from The BudBurst Academy that begins on February 15 and take advantage of the registration fee being waived.

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is offering a new online course for educators focused on its successful citizen science program – PBB – 501 Project BudBurst: Introductiion to Plant Phenology and Climate Change. This inaugural offering is being offered at no charge to K-12 educators and is suited for both formal and informal educational settings. This online course provides all needed information to implement Project BudBurst (www.budburst.org) in the classroom and engage your students in a national program by learning more about plants and climate change at a local level.

Involvement in Project BudBurst will give students valuable experience collecting data and will give them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to ongoing scientific research where scientists are very interested in the observations students across the county are making.

This professional development course will provide you with detailed information on Project BudBurst and how to participate including how to select your plants and make observations, suggestions for structuring your classroom involvement, classroom activities to engage your students in making observations, analyzing data, as well as forming a community with other K-12 educators within Project BudBurst.

Participants in PBB – 501 can sign up for optional graduate level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines. The fee for 2 credits is $90.00

More information can be found at www.budburst.org/academy

Teresa Mourad
Director, Education and Diversity Programs

Week 4 Image

I’ll stick with a snowy winter scene for this week even though we do not have snow in Toledo. This sure has been a strange winter.


This is the Manicouagan crater in Quebec. It is 100 km in diameter. Something big hit the earth a long time ago and left the crater.

What are we looking at?

On another note, what has happened to our winter? It is 58 F in Toledo. It has been the warmest January we have had in a while. Alaska has been hogging all of the cold weather. Fairbanks, Alaska has had something like the 7th coldest January in the last 100 years with an average temperature of -26 F. That’s crazy cold. See the temperatures from Alaska today in the image below. I have also heard that the Arctic Oscillation is not allowing cold air to come down south too much. What causes changes in the Arctic Oscillation you might ask? I don’t know.


Week 3 Image

January 22, 2012 by  
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A teacher asked if I could have an image that was good for younger students. Therefore, I have put in two images this week. Both are from the same city, i.e. the city that I am currently in.

Image 1


Image 2


Image 2 is the Awakenings Sculpture at the National Harbor southeast of the Capital.

Week 2, What is it image?

January 15, 2012 by  
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Here is week 2’s image. What is it? You may want to describe what you see. I’ll reveal what it is next sunday when I post the new image.


Those who said it is ice fishing shanties on a frozen lake are correct. The lines are either “roads” or cracks in the ice. I’m not sure.

Surface Temperature Field Campaign Wrap-up

The Surface Temperature Field Campaign for 2011 was completely different than the 2010 one. There was virtually no snow. The average temperature in Toledo during the month of December was 35 F (1.7 C) which is unusually warm. The enter fall was warm in Toledo with above average temperatures in every month except September which was average. This warm weather meant that there was not much snow to affect the surface temperature and thus, temperatures were higher than in previous field campaigns.

One thing that happens is that snow is a positive feedback for cold weather while when there is no snow on the ground, the ground stays warmer. For instance, when there is snow on the ground, sunlight is reflected away and the daytime temperature stays cooler. During the night, the snow insulates the ground so that the air can get colder. In both cases, snow leads to colder weather. This year without snow, the sun is able to warm the ground during the day and the temperature may go up to 40 F (4.4 C). Then, at night, the ground provides heat and the temperature does not get as cold.

Here are the schools that have entered data so far for the field campaign. I know that there are a few more schools that ran into problems entering their data. If you have run into problems, please contact me.
Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, US [118 rows]
Liceum A. Mickiewicza and Gimnazjum No. 47, Bydgoszcz, PL, PL [7 rows]
Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School, Houston, PA, US [52 rows]
Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, OH, US [116 rows]
The Morton Arboretum Youth Education Dept., Lisle, IL, US [4 rows]
Shafi’i Secondary School, Rejal Alma-a, SA [7 rows]
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Rzeszow, PL, PL [38 rows]
Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, OH, US [37 rows]
Lake Middle School, Millbury, OH, US [19 rows]
Brazil High, Brazil Village, TT, TT [48 rows]
Westchester Area School, New Rochelle, NY, US [21 rows]
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, 67, EE [12 rows]
Montague Elementary School, Montague, NJ, US [12 rows]
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, US [19 rows]
GLOBE Program Office – International Division, Tyler, TX, US [58 rows]
Deer Park Middle Magnet School, Randallstown, MD, US [10 rows]
Wauseon Middle School, Wauseon, OH, US [20 rows]
Huntington High School, Huntington, WV, US [292 rows]
OS Matija Antun Relkovic, Davor, HR, HR [14 rows]
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood, OH, US [54 rows]
Musselman High School, Inwood, WV, US [9 rows]
Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, OH, US [27 rows]
Ida Middle School, Ida, MI, US [24 rows]
Taaksi Basic School, Viljandi, EE [14 rows]
Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, IL, US [8 rows]
Menlo Park Academy, Cleveland, OH, US [26 rows]
John Marshall High School, Glendale, WV, US [27 rows]
Elementary School No 247, Warszawa, MZ, PL [5 rows]
Birchwood School, Cleveland, OH, US [10 rows]
Jerusalem Elementary School, Curtice, OH, US [20 rows]
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, OH, US [22 rows]
The University Of Toledo, Toledo, OH, US [17 rows]
Main Street School, Norwalk, OH, US [38 rows]

My remote sensing students in my undergraduate and graduate class are going to use the data collected during the field campaign to validate some Landsat thermal images. I will post the results on the blog.

Here is the snow cover in the United States for this January. This is very similar to what there was in December.

Here is the snow cover on December 5, 2010. There is a big difference.

GLOBE video competition

January 9, 2012 by  
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Go to this link to access the GLOBE video competition for climate projects. Projects are to be submitted between Feb. 15 and March 15.


globe climate

Week 1 Image: What is it?

January 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog

Here is the first “guess what it is” image for the 2012 spring semester.
Post your comments on the image. What are we looking at?

This is an image from MODIS collected through the CoastWatch program at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The spatial resolution is about 1 km per pixel. Dr. C