Thursday, January 26, 2012

Climate 101 Online

The author of the new textbook we have adopted for Global Climate Change this semester, David Archer, is featured on the New York Times blog discussing the release of his videos that go along with the book so anyone can learn about climate change online.  Although I'm sure these are extremely well done, I can't help but recommend that you simply take my MTR 1600 course instead! 

Check it out:
I can't really comment on the book at the moment, as I am just diving into the depths of it this week, trying to change over old presentations to follow his set up.  I hope it is worth the switch from Kump et al. "The Earth System," which is a fantastic book, but just a little too much depth for the amount of time we have to cover the pure science in my course. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Movie Recommendataion: Baraka

Baraka is a movie without dialogue that tells a story of people and places.  It is the most beautiful film I've ever seen and it's now out on Blue Ray disc.  I highly recommend watching it!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weather Discussion Webpage

In my Advanced Synoptic course I will be having my students lead a 20-minute weather discussion each class.  I made myself a webpage that goes through the links that a person might show during a basic, but comprehensive weather discussion.  I think this skeleton structure will help keep my discussions more organized and help my students as well.  I thought I'd share this with you.  If you follow the links from top to bottom and do what they say, it will familiarize you with the sorts of things we like to look at as weather weenies. I think many meteorologists have their favorite webpages they use to forecast, but these are mine.  I am biased to the maps I used at the University of Wisconsin when I first learned how to give a weather discussion back in 2004, so you'll see their map style pop up throughout my links.

Here's a snip of the top of the page...
... and so on. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

AGU 2011 Fall Meeting

I attended the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting with 21,000 geophysicists the second week in December 2011. I sat through countless talks, saw hundreds of posters, met up with old colleagues, and presented my own poster in an education session, although most of the sessions I attended were on the cryosphere.  Here is my poster:

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