92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012
Engaging Youth to Understand Climate: The GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Donna J. Charlevoix, UCAR, Boulder, CO; and S. Tessendorf, J. Mackaro, G. Randolph, and R. Thomas

The GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) is an international effort to engage students around the world in a set of connected activities and events centered on authentic climate research. The SCRC builds upon the protocols, activities and inquiry-based learning philosophy of GLOBE and addresses key elements of understanding climate, as defined in Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences (CLP). The goals, objectives and outcomes of the SCRC are aligned with the mission of the GLOBE program, namely to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the activities of the SCRC and outline how AMS scientists, meteorologists and members can get involved.

The SCRC targets GLOBE secondary and middle schools but also includes opportunities for primary GLOBE schools to participate. The structure of the SCRC enables GLOBE schools to participate at any level that fits their local curriculum and educational goals. The SCRC science objectives include enhancing characterization of the climate system on local to global scales and establishing and building on existing climate baselines through GLOBE schools at sites that can be monitored over time. Students who participate will be provided an opportunity to experience the scientific research process and practice scientific habits of thought, develop 21st Century skills, including environmental literacy, collaborative learning, critical thinking, technology fluency, communication abilities, global community engagement, information literacy, and problem solving and take part in inquiry-based, experiential learning based on climate science.

Building on the Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science framework, students learn about complex interactions between the oceans, atmosphere, land, and living systems that control climate and its variability, as well as important relationships between climate and human society. Four campaign research themes highlight connections between the processes that regulate: 1) global climate systems and the behavior of local climate and weather; 2) the sensitive dependence of ecosystems on climate; 3) the role that climate change plays in regulating air quality and its impact on human health; and, 4) the carbon cycle, including human inputs.

Launched on Earth Day in 1995, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is an international hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program present in 111 countries. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.

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