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American Meteorological Society’s Education Program. “AMS Climate Studies: A Turnkey Package in Climate Science Literacy”. 2009 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition Portland, OR October 18, 2009. Dr. James A. Brey Director, Education Program American Meteorological Society.

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american meteorological society s education program

American MeteorologicalSociety’s Education Program

“AMS Climate Studies: A Turnkey

Package in Climate Science Literacy”

2009 GSA Annual

Meeting & Exposition

Portland, OR

October 18, 2009

Dr. James A. Brey

Director, Education Program

American Meteorological Society

american meteorological society
American Meteorological Society
  • Founded in 1919
  • Over 12,000 members
  • Organizes over a dozen conferences annually
  • Publishes nine leading journals
  • Certifies consultants and broadcasters
  • Significant educational activity since 1990

Our Mission:

Promote the developmentand dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications.

ams education program mission
AMS Education Program Mission

To better equip students inscience and math by providing:

  • Substantive professional development opportunities for teachers nationwide
  • Innovative undergraduate survey course packages licensed to universities, colleges and community colleges

This is what we are most concerned with and this is what we do best!

opportunities in our disciplines
Opportunities in our Disciplines
  • Prepare the next generation of earth scientists bypromoting workforce development
  • Encourage members of underrepresented groupsto aspire to an Earth science career
  • Provide insight into the excitement ofEarth system science
  • Illustrate the rewards provided by anEarth science career
  • Introduce role models toemulate
realizing the driving factors
Realizing the Driving Factors
  • Global Change Issues
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Biodiversity and Environmental Health Globalization
  • Human Interactions with the Earth System
  • Technology and Access to Information
  • Water Issues
  • Air and Water Quality
what are ams weather studies ams ocean studies ams climate studies
What are AMS Weather Studies, AMS Ocean Studies & AMS Climate Studies?
  • Introductory undergraduate courses that place students in a dynamic educational environment where they investigate the atmosphere and world ocean using real-world and real-time environmental data
  • Emphasis on hands-on laboratory investigations andthe development of critical thinking skills
  • Designed and serviced by AMS and licensed by collegesand universities for local offering/credit
  • Turnkey package with multiple components
  • Can be offered in a variety oflearning environments
  • NASA, NOAA and NSF-supportedDiversity Projects facilitate implementationat minority serving institutions (MSIs) nationwide
ams weather studies
AMS Weather Studies
  • An introductory college-level course onthe fundamentals of atmospheric science
  • Students learn about weather as ithappens in near real-time
  • Nationally implemented in Fall 1999and licensed by 380 institutions
  • Course offered to over40,000 students



ams ocean studies
AMS Ocean Studies
  • Developed in cooperation with NOAA
  • Course emphasizes:
    • Flow and transformations of water and energy
    • Physical and chemical properties of seawater
    • Ocean circulation
    • Interactions betweenthe ocean andEarth system
ams climate studies available fall 2010
AMS Climate Studiesavailable Fall 2010!
  • Help your students become responsible, scientifically-literate participants in the discussions that dominate climate science today
  • Focuses on the science, but also addresses the social andsocietal impacts that draw the attention of students
  • The same effective turnkey package as AMSWeather Studies and AMS Ocean Studies
  • Also, serves as a great primer for studentsentering technical ‘green’ programs

Developed with

support from NASA

course development background
Course Development Background
  • AMS Undergraduate Faculty EnhancementProgram (UFEP), 1994, 1995, NWSTC
  • AMS DataStreme Atmosphere pre-collegeteacher enhancement course, 1996-
  • AMS Weather Studies pilot tested in spring 1999; nationalimplementation fall 1999; licensed by 400 institutions
  • AMS DataStreme Ocean pre-collegeteacher enhancement course 2003-
  • AMS Ocean Studies pilot tested spring2005; national implementation fall 2005;licensed by 120 institutions
  • AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systempre-college teacher enhancement course 2009-
  • AMS Climate Studies pilot testingspring 2010; nationalimplementation fall 2010
course structure and components
Course Structure and Components
  • All three courses are composed of fully-integrated packages, and contain both printed and online learning materials
    • Comprehensive 15-chapter, full color, hard cover textbook
    • Investigations Manual with 30 laboratory-style activities
    • Course website
    • Faculty website
    • Faculty resource CD
    • Course ManagementSystem-compatible files
the textbooks
The Textbooks
  • Weather Studies: Introduction to Atmospheric Science, 4th Edition
    • Authored by Joseph M. Moran
  • Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography, 2nd Edition
    • Edited by Joseph M. Moran; M. Grant Gross and Elizabeth Gross were major contributors to 1st Ed.
  • Climate Studies: Introduction to Climate Science, 1st Edition
    • Authored by Joseph M. Moran
  • Case-in-Point
  • Driving Question
  • Chapter Narrative
  • Basic Understandings
  • Review and Critical Thinking Questions
  • Essays
investigations manual
Investigations Manual
  • Includes 30 lab-type investigations (two per chapter)
  • For the Weather course, emphasis is placed on recentmeteorological case studies and today’s weather
  • For the Ocean course, an inflatable globe guidesvisualization of complex ocean phenomena, including tides, El Niño/La Niña and tsunami trajectories
  • For the Climate course, students are introducedto the AMS Conceptual Energy Model,easily visualizing the effectsof changing atmosphericcomposition
course websites
Course Websites
  • Weekly Weather/Climate News and Weekly Ocean News
  • Weekly Current Weather Studies, Current OceanStudies and Current Climate Studies
  • Daily Weather Summary
  • Supplemental Information
  • Links to current environmental data and maps
  • Student Resources
  • Semester Archives
faculty resource materials
Faculty Resource Materials
  • Faculty CD
    • Faculty Manual
    • Textbook images suitable for PowerPoint presentations
    • Test bank questions
    • Answers to review & critical thinking questions
    • Course Management System-compatible files
  • Faculty website
    • Weekly discussions
    • Answer keys
course management system files
Course Management System Files
  • Respondus software converts formatted files to Blackboard,WebCT, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, and other CMS files.
  • CMS files facilitate student response online andautomatic grading of responses for instructor.
  • Respondus-formatted files
    • Investigations Manual(faculty CD and website)
    • Current Weather Studies, Current OceanStudies and Current Climate Studies(faculty website)
    • Test bank questions(faculty CD)
course implementation
Course Implementation
  • Course design enables offering by experienced meteorology, oceanography and climate science faculty, as well as by science professors with no prior teaching experience or formal training in the atmospheric or oceanic sciences.
  • Instructional settings range from traditionallecture-based to totally online.
  • Students enrolled in the course receive localinstitutional credit and purchase coursematerials through their local bookstore
  • AMS staff and experienced courseinstructors mentor new faculty
national dissemination background
National Dissemination Background
  • The U.S. faces a serious challenge in attracting members ofracial and ethnic minority groups to scientific careers
  • Within the geosciences, minority groups earn 4.6% of allbachelor and 5% of Ph.D. degrees, even though thesegroups comprise about 27% of the U.S. population
  • The challenge in attracting minority students is thatmany college and universities with high minoritystudent populations focus on traditional sciencesand do not offer introductory geoscience courses
  • To help alleviate this problem, AMS makesavailable AMSWeather Studies, AMS OceanStudies and AMS Climate Studies andconducts NSF-supportedfaculty training
ams diversity projects
AMS Diversity Projects
  • Faculty participants attend expenses-paid, week-long course implementation workshops that cover fundamental courseunderstandings and implementation procedures
    • Key to these workshops are presentations byNOAA and university scientists along withfield trips to science laboratories
  • Faculty members then present posters on theircourse implementation at the subsequentAMS Annual Meeting
ams diversity projects20
AMS Diversity Projects
  • AMS Weather Studies Diversity Project
    • NOAA/NWS Training Center in Kansas City, MO from 2002-2007
    • 145 institutions have offered course to over 8,000 students
    • Anecdotal evidence of students choosing additional science courses and/or indicating intent to pursue meteorology major
  • AMS Ocean Studies Diversity Project
    • University of Washington/NOAA facilities inSeattle, WA from 2006-2008
    • 77 institutions have already offeredcourse to 1,700 students
  • We hope to do the same withAMS Climate Studies!
conclusions future directions
Conclusions & Future Directions
  • AMS Weather Studies, along with AMS Ocean Studies, together have introduced real-world geoscience education to 400+ institutions, manyof which had not previously offered a course in these disciplines
  • Courses encourage additional student explorations of thegeosciences, possibly leading to science careers
  • Turnkey course design and faculty enhancementworkshops make possible course introduction atU.S. minority serving institutions and otherinstitutions globally
  • AMS is building upon its suite of introductorygeoscience courses with AMS ClimateStudies, available next fall!
acknowledgements contacts
Acknowledgements & Contacts
  • AMS Weather Studies was funded by NSF grantsGEO-0119740 (OEDG) and DUE-0126032 (CCLI-ND)
  • AMS Ocean Studies Diversity Project is supported byNSF grant DUE-0442497 (CCLI-ND)
  • AMS Climate Studies is supported by NASA grantNNX-09AP58G (CCLI-ND)
  • NOAA and the Univ. of Washington School ofOceanography have also contributedsupported the Seattle DiversityProject workshop
  • Dr. James Brey
  • AMS Education Program
    • (202) 737-1043
    • American Meteorological Society
    • 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800
    • Washington, DC 20005