An HBCU AMS Diversity Project Weather Studies course enhanced with community engagement content in support of inner-city emergency preparedness and response efforts
While becoming versed in basic meteorology via the AMS Weather Studies curriculum, the TSU volunteers had the opportunity to assist their Pearl-Cohn mentees in using geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to produce the first maps of the locations of Nashville's Red Cross Emergency Shelters. Prior to this project, no such maps existed. Each Pearl-Cohn High School student and their teacher, Mrs. Debbie Hirsch, was presented a volunteer award certificate by the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The project was awarded a “Community Atlas Grant Award” from the Environment Systems Research Institute (ESRI). The ESRI Community Atlas project summary is at -http://downloads2.esri.com/EdComm2007/commatlas/08-09/710/757/.
During the fall 2009 semester, a WeatherBug Weather Station will be installed at Pearl-Cohn High School with the assistance of students enrolled in the Weather & Climate course. Pearl-Cohn High School will become a Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) http://www.globe.gov program school. Students and teachers will be trained to collect GLOBE Atmosphere Protocol data using the new weather station. All program participants, teachers and students, will receive “tornado spotter” training from the local branch of the National Weather Service. The class will continue to monitor and update the Red Cross Emergency Shelters maps.