83rd Annual

Sunday, 9 February 2003
Wet and Wild: the Ocean Atmosphere Interface. The Maury Project and WES: Teacher Enhancement Programs for the K-12 Classroom
Debra S. Brice, San Marcos Unified School District, San Marcos, CA
Through The American Meteorological Society's Maury Project and WES ( Water in the Earth System), teachers are bringing ocean science into the classroom in ways that were unimagined just a few years ago. Students in the K-12 classroom are using data from the TOPEX/Poseidon Satellite and seeing sea level changes caused by El Nino. They are super-cooling water and finding out what effects it has on the Ocean-Atmosphere interface. Through WES, an online learning program, teachers are learning to use real-time data about the oceans and weather to help their students learn about the global water cycle and the Hydrosphere. I will be sharing some of the activities teachers have developed and are using in the San Diego Area using both of these innovative programs. We are now beginning the second year of WES in San Diego and have some new and exciting projects to share as well as new partnerships created between local teachers and National Weather Service employees, NOAA employees and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

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