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Scool.larc.nasa.gov Teacher Professional Development Session 1 Tuesday April 9 th , 2013 4:15- 5:30 pm Sarah Crecelius Representing The S’COOL Team [email protected] NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA. CERES Students’ Cloud Observation On-Line Project (S’COOL). What is S’COOL?.

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ceres students cloud observation on line project s cool

Scool.larc.nasa.gov

Teacher Professional Development Session 1

Tuesday April 9th, 2013

4:15- 5:30 pm

Sarah Crecelius Representing The S’COOL [email protected]

NASA Langley Research Center

Hampton, VA

CERES Students’ Cloud Observation On-Line Project (S’COOL)

how does s cool relate
How does S’COOL Relate?

S’COOL = Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line

We are working with Scientists at NASA Langley to answer a research question…

Question:

What is the Effect of Clouds on the Earth’s Climate?

what is the effect of clouds on the earth s climate
What is the Effect of Clouds on the Earth’s Climate?
  • High, thin, icy clouds let a lot of sunlight through to the surface, but also block a lot of energy from going back to space from Earth.
  • = Warming
  • Low, puffy, thick clouds made of water block a lost of sunlight from the surface and send just as much energy back to space as they do back towards Earth.
  • = Cooling.
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How Can You Help Answer this question?

Join S’COOL! S’COOL participants are located around the world!

Map as of Oct. 2012

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3 Easy Steps

Being a S’COOL Observer is easy!

  • Request Satellite Overpass Times
  • Observe Clouds
  • Report Data Online

Explore: See your data over time a what other classes around the world are seeing!

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Observe Clouds

Observe the whole sky for:

Cloud Cover

Sky Visibility

Sky Color

3 Contrail Categories

On each level, observe cloud type.

On each level, observe cloud cover.

On each level, observe visual opacity.

Observe the surface conditions and add any additional comments you might have.

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Observe Clouds, Teacher Resources

http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/ForTeachers-resources.php

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More Fun! Exploring

See your data next to the satellite data!

Compare and see if you see any differences or similarities, send us comments on what you found!

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Classroom Management

http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/teacher_share.html

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Standard Application

  • National Standards of Learning
  • ************************************************************
  • Science Standards
  • Science as Inquiry
  • Physical Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Science and Technology
  • History and Nature of Science
  • Geography Standards
  • The World in Spatial Terms
  • Mathematics Standards
  • Represent and Interpret Data
  • Solve Problems involving Measurement and Estimation
  • Education Technology Standards
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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Look for S’COOL

National Conference 2013, April 11-14

Regional Conferences

Portland: Oct 24-26

Charlotte: Nov 7-9

Denver: Dec 12-14

Summer 2013

San Francisco December 2013

S’COOL Website: scool.larc.nasa.gov

Questions: [email protected]

Registration: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/register/

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Thank You!

Questions?

S’COOL Website: scool.larc.nasa.gov

Questions: [email protected]

Registration: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/register/

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Education And Public Outreach; Science Directorate

NASA Langley Research Center

The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center provides many opportunities to involve students, faculty, researchers, and the citizen science community in real world science.

Student Cloud Observations On-Line

  • The SD EPO Team…
  • Collaborates with the education community to bring authentic Earth science practices and real-world data into the classroom.
  • Provides the public with unique NASA experiences, engaging activities, and advanced technology.
  • Provides products developed and reviewed by science and education experts.

MY NASA DATA

The GLOBE Program

CALIPSO

Our goals include inspiring the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals and improving STEM literacy by providing innovative participation pathways for educators, students, and the public.

SAGE III on the International Space Station

For further information on any of our Projects or Missions, listed to the right, or to contact us please visit the Science Directorate Education and Public Outreach Website, http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/

Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA

Discover-AQ

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Video

Our World: What is a Cloud?http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/search.html?terms=&category=1000
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Video

Our World: Monitoring the Earth’s Climate with CEREShttp://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/search.html?terms=&category=1000
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Observe Clouds

On each level, look for cloud type.

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Observe Clouds

On each level, look for cloud cover.

  • Clear (<10%)
  • Isolated (10 to 25%)
  • Scattered (25 to 50%)
  • Broken (50 to 90%)
  • Overcast (>90%)
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Observe Clouds

  • Transparent
  • Thin clouds
  • Light passes through easily
  • Can see blue sky through transparent clouds
  • Translucent
  • Medium-thickness clouds
  • Let some sunlight through
  • Cannot see blue sky though translucent clouds
  • Opaque
  • Thick clouds
  • Do not allow light to pass directly, although light can diffuse through them.
  • Often look gray
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Observe Clouds

  • New Observations include:
  • Sky Conditions
  • 3 Contrail Categories
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Observe Clouds

Sky Conditions

Sky Visibility and Sky Color

Low AOT

Sky Color

Deep Blue

Blue

Light Blue

Pale Blue

Milky

Visibility Categories

Usually Clear

Clear

Somewhat Clear

Somewhat Hazy

Extremely Hazy

Aerosol Amount

Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT)

High

AOT

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Observe Clouds

Sky Visibility

Visibility - Clarity with which objects can be viewed through the intervening atmosphere.

Denali National Park, National Park Service Air Quality Office

http://www.shodor.org/metweb/session8/gallery.html

Very

Hazy

Extremely Hazy

Somewhat Hazy

Clear

Unusually Clear

Slide Credit- GLOBE Program

Slide Credit- GLOBE Program

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