2011 Changing Planet Study Group

NASA Changing Planet Study Group

Workshop June 28th - July 1st, 2011
Althouse Hall
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Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013

This study group is a learning community to enrich interdisciplinary teaching about Earth science and the human dimensions of climate change at colleges, universities, and other teaching institutions. The Changing Planet Study Group will bring together science, social science, and humanities teachers to develop new courses or course modules, revise existing courses, explore learning pedagogies, and collaborate to engage new methods of teaching about climate change. 


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Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director,
Center for Sustainability Education
Dickinson College
lyonsli@dickinson.edu
717.245.1117

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Vulnerability and Resilience of Human Populations Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:40:35 This 90-minute workshop session engaged faculty in sharing ideas and resources for teaching about who is vulnerable to climate change and why. The session demonstrates use of a ‘Jigsaw’ exercise for  students to work in small groups examining selected case studies and discussing ways in which different populations are vulnerable and/or resilient to climate stresses, the underlying factors that create these conditions, and strategies for decreasing vulnerability and enhancing resilience.  The session was part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change within a liberal arts curriculum. The workshop was held twice on the campus of... More »
Climate System & Observations II: Proxy Indicators of Past Climates Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:38:58 Summary of the Session: During this workshop session we will discuss how proxies are used to deduce what the climate was like prior to the availability of instruments to measure temperature, precipitation, humidity and other parameters. Particular attention will be paid to climate changes of the past 1 million years, 10,000 years, and 200 years. We will also examine a lab exercise for students to develop and test hypotheses about climatic changes in Saharan Africa over the past 9000 years using NASA satellite images and lake sediment data. The lab exercise is provided as a separate document. Background:  This 90-minute session is part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for interdisciplinary... More »
Preventing Dangerous Climate Change Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:37:19 This 90-minute workshop session engaged faculty in sharing ideas and resources for teaching about the ultimate objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -- preventing dangerous human interference with the climate. During this session we examined questions that we want our students to ask about preventing dangerous climate change and activities they might engage in to understand ethical, economic, institutional, and technological dimensions of dangerous climate change. The session was part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change within a liberal arts curriculum. The workshop was held twice on the campus of Dickinson College, first in... More »
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Past, Present and Future Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:36:03 Summary of the Session: What are the human drivers of change? During this session we will work through exercises using online resources for students to examine trends in greenhouse gas emissions for the world and selected countries, analyze their relation to population growth, income growth, and technological change using online databases, and discuss climate policy implications of cross-country differences in trends of these drivers. We will also examine alternative scenarios of future economic growth and technological change, their implications for future greenhouse gas emissions, and corresponding projections of climate change. Background:  This 90-minute session is part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add... More »
Climate System & Observations I: Historical Trends Analysis Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:28:33 Summary of the Session: Is the climate changing, and if so why? During this workshop session we will work through and discuss lab exercises in which students use NASA-GISS weather station data to examine historical temperature trends for selected locations, interpret trends, and test hypotheses. The lab exercises are provided as a separate document. Background:  This 90-minute session is part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change within a liberal arts curriculum. The workshop was held twice on the campus of Dickinson College, first in summer 2010 and again in summer 2011. Participants came from more than 20 colleges and universities and with... More »