The Watch – News You Can Use, July 30th

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July 30, 2019

If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.

– Frank Lane

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Sustainable Societies Workshop

How can we design the future of Earth Education for sustainable societies? Please join us for an exciting opportunity, The Earth Education for Sustainable Societies Community Workshop, which will be held October 14 to 16 at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of 70+ participants to articulate high-priority needs for strengthening Earth education for sustainability and generate actionable new ideas to address those needs. We welcome applications from individuals with interests in sustainability education, including post-secondary and K12 faculty, informal educators, researchers, and more to contribute to dynamic discussions about the future of Earth education. There is no cost for participants but you must apply and be accepted to attend. Applications are due August 5th!


Pulse of the Planet Webinar from NSTA 

Join NSTA’s Web Series on Wednesday, September 18, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern time to learn about the state of the climate. The climate system continues to change in ways that are well-known and others that are not so obvious. This presentation details some of the many observed changes, and how those determinations are made.  Presented by NOAA’s Deke Arndt and the nation's climate scorekeepers at the National Centers for Environmental Information.

This is one webinar you won’t want to miss!  Learn more about the entire NSTA Web Series offerings here and join us for Pulse on the Planet.



Habitat Offerings – Underwater Habitats and the Russian River

Did you know that July is Habitat month. NOAA is celebrating underwater habitat and its benefits for commercial fisheries, coastal tourism, and community resiliency.  From shallow coral reefs, to oyster reefs, to deep-sea coral reefs, learn more here about how NOAA works to conserve these important underwater habitats.

Also, float along with NOAA as they discuss water quantity, riverbank restoration, and more in this interview with California’s Russian River. This Interview with a Habitat (Russian River) is not to be missed!

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OneNOAA Seminar Series Webinars


OneNOAA Science Seminars are the most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. The Series aims to bring you the most comprehensive summary of public access, NOAA hosted science seminars available. For remote access and more, visit the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar. All seminars are posted in Eastern Time.  Join us!

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It's Not too Late: Partake in the Sanctuary Photo Contest

From May 25 through September 2 ( Labor Day weekend) , send in your best photos from a National Marine Sanctuary and help NOAA celebrate the beauty and importance of these special places. Winning photos, like the one at right, will be featured in next year's Earth Is Blue Magazine and on the Earth Is Blue social media campaign. Tell NOAA about your favorite national marine sanctuary using #ILoveMySanctuary! Find out more and join the contest.

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Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Announced

NOAA, the state of Maryland, and Charles County announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. The Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, located about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., is the first national marine sanctuary designated since 2000. Learn more and see the video.

Citizen scientists take to the streets to map the hottest places in ten U.S. cities

Citizen scientists will take to the streets during the hottest days this summer to map hot spots in ten different U.S. cities. The campaign is part of a NOAA-funded project to map places where buildings, asphalt, and other parts of urban environments can amplify high temperatures, putting people at heightened risk of heat illness during extreme heat events. Learn more about the project.

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Autonomous Ocean Gliders to Improve Hurricane Forecast Models

Ocean gliders are setting off to sea this week to bring back data scientists hope will improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. Ocean gliders are setting off to sea this week to bring back data scientists hope will improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. Read all about it here. Similarly,The last Planet Stewards webinar was on Hurricanes and Robots, Listen to scientist Travis Miles describe how NOAA is changing the way these storms are studied and predicted. Watch or rewatch the archived video

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Women Excelling in Science: Eunice Foote and Presidential Early Career Award Winners at NOAA

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Women have been making significant contributions to science for centuries; however, most have received little or no credit for their work. American Eunice Foote was an amateur scientist in the mid-1800s whose experiments foreshadowed the discovery of Earth's greenhouse effect, and her story deserves to be told. Read it here from NOAA’s Climate Office.

On a similar note this month, three NOAA scientists received Presidential Early Career Awards: Dr. Elizabeth Siddon, Dr. Michelle Barbieri, and Dr. Melissa Soldevilla. Learn more about their contributions to NOAA agency’s cutting-edge science.

NWS Owlie Skywarn on Social Media this August

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Beginning August 4, 2019 NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and their mascot Owlie Skywarn will be on on Facebook and Twitter featuring weather and environment related resources to help all educators prepare their students to learn about hazardous weather during the upcoming school year. Find and follow the National Weather Service’s Owlie Skywarn on Facebook and/or Twitter here. 



NAAEE 48th Annual Conference – Don't Miss It!

Lex2019 NAAEE Conference

NAAEE’s 16th Research Symposium and 48th Annual Conference will convene over 1,000 formal and nonformal environmental education professionals in Lexington, KY under the theme of “Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future.” The Conference, October 16-19, focuses on how education can build hope, motivate action, and help achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals. Both events in October include timely sessions that address climate change education, community resilience, and scientific literacy.

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B-WET Watershed Stewardship Series

Around the country, students are learning how to be stewards of their local watersheds. In a new video series, see how NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program is empowering students to take action through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE). Watch it here.

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Gulf of Alaska Expedition Module for Educators

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research sponsored the Gulf of Alaska Seamounts investigation this summer. An Expedition Education Module was created for educators and includes information about why NOAA chose to  explore this region, standards-based lessons, videos, topical theme pages and much, much more! The resource is written with content for all ages. Enjoy!

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Heat Safety Tips and Resources from NOAA’s National Weather Service

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This website is designed to inform you about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during an excessive heat wave. You also will find information about protecting yourself from excessive heat, educational materials and specifics on how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous situations. NWS tries make learning fun with games and activities to help educate about the dangers of heat and provide you with links for more information. Spanish language outreach materials are also available.

Inventing Tomorrow Complimentary Video

Inventing Tomorrow follows young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today — right in their own backyards. Receive your complimentary copy of this inspiring film, produced by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, or watch it July 29th on POV (PBS).

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Charts and Maps: Record-Setting Weather

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Explore the number of weather records broken over recent periods from NOAA’s Maps and Data. Compare counts of high maximum, high minimum, low maximum, and low minimum temperature records as well as records for precipitation, snowfall, and snow depth in the United States or across the globe. Compare the ratios of different types of temperature records to look for trends. Are more warm records being set than cold records? Check out the tool via NOAA’s here.


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