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6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling
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This unit on weather, climate, and water cycling is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

The unit starts out with anchoring students in the exploration of a series of videos of hailstorms from different locations across the country at different times of the year. The videos show that pieces of ice of different sizes (some very large) are falling out of the sky, sometimes accompanied by rain and wind gusts, all on days when the temperature of the air outside remained above freezing for the entire day. These cases spark questions and ideas for investigations, such as investigating how ice can be falling from the sky on a warm day, how clouds form, why some clouds produce storms with large amounts of precipitation and others don’t, and how all that water gets into the air in the first place.

The second half of the unit is anchored in the exploration of a weather report of a winter storm that affected large portions of the midwestern United States. The maps, transcripts, and video that students analyze show them that the storm was forecasted to produce large amounts of snow and ice accumulation in large portions of the northeastern part of the country within the next day. This case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out what could be causing such a large-scale storm and why it would end up affecting a different part of the country a day later.

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Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
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Assessment Specialist Colleen O’Brien
Boston College Emily Harris
BSCS Science Learning Audrey Mohan
BSCS Science Learning Dawn Novak
BSCS Science Learning Katie Van Horne
BSCS Science Learning Lindsey Mohan
BSCS Science Learning Tracey Ramirez
Columbia University Elisabeth Cohen
Indian Woods Middle School Ann Rivet
Indian Woods Middle School Whitney Smith
Lombard Middle School Vanessa Hannana
Michael Novak
Northwestern University Renee Affolter
Williston Central School Heather Galbreath
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08/04/2020
6th Grade Weather and Climate Unit
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In this part of the unit, students are exploring how global temperatures have changed over the past hundred years.  Students will examine tables and graphs about global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, human consumption of food, and human consumption of natural resources.  They will find patterns in the graphs.  Based on this data, students will construct an argument about how human activities (increase in population and consumption of natural resources) cause global temperatures to increase.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
Michelle Landis
Date Added:
03/24/2017
Advanced Soil Mechanics, Fall 2004
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This class presents the application of principles of soil mechanics. It considers the following topics: the origin and nature of soils; soil classification; the effective stress principle; hydraulic conductivity and seepage; stress-strain-strength behavior of cohesionless and cohesive soils and application to lateral earth stresses; bearing capacity and slope stability; consolidation theory and settlement analyses; and laboratory and field methods for evaluation of soil properties in design practice.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jen, Lucy
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Air Quality - Chapter 8 : How Can Our Actions Impact the World?
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In this lesson, students are introduced to global climate change. They explore the ramifications of global climate change for Michigan, as well as individual actions that
can decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 3 : What Are the Sources of Air Pollution?
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This lesson looks at the sources of air pollutants. Students examine the sources of air pollutants (point, mobile, area, and natural) using charts of actual data for Michigan. The
concept of an airshed and its importance for understanding air pollution is developed.

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Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 4 : How Can We Monitor Air Quality?
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Students learn about the gases and particles that make up the air and explore different ways that we can monitor pollutants. Students monitor particle and ozone pollution
around their school/homes using homemade monitors.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 5
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In this lesson, the Internet is used as a resource for students to access daily (and hourly) information about air quality. The National Air Quality Index provides color-coded information about levels of air pollution and health effects. The color codes of the AQI, posted daily, can be found on the Internet and in some newspapers. The UV index alerts people to levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Students use the Internet to find out about the UV index in Michigan and around the country.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality - Lesson 6 : What Has Been Done About Air Pollution?
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In this lesson, students explore the role of regulations in influencing air quality decisions as they examine trends in air pollution. The students are encouraged to think
critically about important technological developments that have influenced the lives of individuals since the start of the twentieth century.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 6 : What Has Been Done About Air Pollution?
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In this lesson, students explore the role of regulations ininfluencing air quality decisions as they examine trendsin air pollution. The students are encouraged to thinkcritically about important technological developments thathave influenced the lives of individuals since the start ofthe twentieth century.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Air Quality - Lesson 7 : What Can We Do About Air Pollution?
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Students explore how public policy decisions are made and practice solving problems that require choices. Students learn that solving environmental issues involves a
diversity of stakeholders and that everyone can contribute to solutions to air pollution problems.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Unit - Lesson 1 : What Gets Into the Air?
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The lesson develops the basic ideas that combustion activities are a major source of air pollution and that the products of combustion include particles (soot) and gases such as
carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Altered Biomes
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Investigate characteristics of major biomes and examine the impact of land-use changes as the result of human activities.

GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
Aquatic Chemistry, Fall 2005
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This course details the quantitative treatment of chemical processes in aquatic systems such as lakes, oceans, rivers, estuaries, groundwaters, and wastewaters. It includes a brief review of chemical thermodynamics that is followed by discussion of acid-base, precipitation-dissolution, coordination, and reduction-oxidation reactions. Emphasis is on equilibrium calculations as a tool for understanding the variables that govern the chemical composition of aquatic systems and the fate of inorganic pollutants.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Moffett, Jim
Seewald, Jeff
Tivey, Meg
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Are We Our Own Worst Enemy? #1 (Land Usage)
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This lesson deals with human growth and our consumption of land resources. This lesson can be used in conjunction with other Are We Our Own Worst Enemy? lessons, although this should be first since it has the video of population growth. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Alabama Learning Exchange
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Argue from Evidence: Should we ban plastics?
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The purpose of this Roadmap is work on the Science and Engineering Practices—specifically engaging in argument from evidence and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. During this roadmap students will synthesize information from several articles about plastics and the environment and the role regulation plays in our communities. At the end of their research students are expected to write an opinion essay answering the question: Should we ban plastics?.
This opinion piece is also an opportunity for students to practice writing in Claim-Evidence-Reasoning. As an extension, students can then engage in a debate but this is optional based on time constraints and how ‘in depth’ you want this to be for your students.

Overall expect this to take several days 2 for research and synthesis, 1 to write their papers, and then additional time for debate.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Author:
Sydney Barosko
Date Added:
06/02/2019
Assess Burn Scars with Satellite Imagery
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In this project, you'll assume the role of a geospatial scientist working with the Montana Forestry Department to analyze the damage in Glacier National Park. You'll first compare Landsat 8 imagery from before and after the fires. Then, you'll change the band combination of the post-fire imagery in order to emphasize burn scars and make a qualitative judgment. Afterward, you'll quantify your assessment by calculating a Normalized Burn Index (a ratio designed to highlight burned areas) from the imagery. Lastly, you'll create a feature class to represent the burn scar, calculate its acreage, and publish it to ArcGIS Online to share with the department.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
The Beagle's Path
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Explore the ideas and evidence that helped Charles Darwin create his theory of evolution.

GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
Biomes of the World
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This is a technology-based Biology lesson on the Biomes of the world. Students will work in groups and research their designated terrestrial biome. Students will research abiotic and biotic factors about their biome. Students will create a digital presentation of their biome using Haiku Deck. The presentation will summarize how the abiotic and biotic factors interact in their biome. Students will then use the collected data from the presentations to create food chains and food webs for their designated biomes. This lesson plan results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Alabama Learning Exchange
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Biotecnología Definición
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La Biotecnología es el conjunto de técnicas, procesos y métodos que utilizan sistemas biológicos y organismos vivos, o alguna de sus partes, para la obtener o modificar una amplia variedad de productos. Entendemos la Biotecnología como un área multidisciplinar que emplea tanto la biología, la química como diferentes procesos. Se utiliza en distintos usos, como puede ser el sector de la agricultura, de la alimentación o en medicina. En definitiva se basa en utilizar la maquinaria de otros seres vivos en beneficio del ser humano.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Bio3 Project
Ciberimaginario Group
Ignacio Ballesteros
Date Added:
03/20/2020
Building Background Knowledge: Water Around the World
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In Unit 1, students read carefully selected pages of the anchor text, One Well: The Story of Water on Earth to build background knowledge about where freshwater comes from and about the three issues that the book describes: access to water, demands on water, and water pollution. Students begin by hearing pages of the book read aloud to determine the main ideas and supporting details of a read-aloud. They also reread the pages to analyze the illustrations and answer vocabulary and text-dependent questions.
For the mid-unit assessment, students listen to new pages of One Well read aloud to determine the main idea and supporting details before rereading the text to answer text-dependent questions. In the second half of the unit, students read pages of One Well paired with additional complex informational texts to compare the main ideas and supporting details of both texts. For the end of unit assessment, students read a new informational text to determine the main ideas and supporting details before comparing it to pages of One Well.
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.7, RI.3.9, SL.3.2, L.3.1a, and L.3.4.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
03/30/2021
CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Grain Storage Capacity
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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Agriculture
Ratios and Proportions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Date Added:
08/04/2020
Call to Action: Solutions to Water Issues
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In Unit 3, students use the research they have gathered throughout Units 1-2 about three water issues--access to water, demands on water, and water pollution--to create a video public service announcement (PSA). In the first half of the unit, they analyze an authentic model PSA to generate criteria for an effective PSA before choosing one of the water issues as their PSA topic. In pairs, they then write a script and create a storyboard outlining their PSA.
Students launch their PSAs for a live audience for the performance task in Lesson 13, so they write an invitational letter to a potential guest for the mid-unit assessment. Students pay particular attention to using capital letters and commas appropriately in the letter's mailing address. In the second half of the unit, students plan and create their video PSAs using technology tools for the end of unit assessment. They then prepare presentations to precede their PSAs for the PSA live launch during Lesson 13.
RI.3.1, W.3.2, W.3.4, SL.3.4, SL.3.6, L.3.1c, and L.3.2b.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
03/30/2021
Catalytic Converter
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This video lesson aims to motivate students about chemistry and to raise their awareness about how chemistry helps in solving certain environmental problems. In this lesson, the air pollution problem created by cars and other vehicles is presented. The lesson will highlight causes of this problem, harmful products from it and possible solutions. There will also be discussion of ways to convert the pollutants produced by burning oil in vehicles into more friendly products.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Prof. Mohammad El-Khateeb
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Catalytic Converter
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This video lesson aims to motivate students about chemistry and to raise their awareness about how chemistry helps in solving certain environmental problems. In this lesson, the air pollution problem created by cars and other vehicles is presented. The lesson will highlight causes of this problem, harmful products from it and possible solutions. There will also be discussion of ways to convert the pollutants produced by burning oil in vehicles into more friendly products.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Prof. Mohammad El-Khateeb
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Cellular Respiration and Population Growth
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Two lessons and their associated activities explore cellular respiration and population growth in yeasts. Yeast cells are readily obtained and behave predictably, so they are very appropriate to use in middle school classrooms. In the first lesson, students are introduced to yeast respiration through its role in the production of bread and alcoholic beverages. A discussion of the effects of alcohol on the human body is used both as an attention-getting device, and as a means to convey important information at an impressionable age. In the associated activity, students set up a simple way to indirectly observe and quantify the amount of respiration occurring in yeast-molasses cultures. Based on questions that arise from this activity, in the second lesson students work in small groups as they design and execute their own experiments to determine how environmental factors affect yeast population growth.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
01/31/2007
Chemical Investigations of Boston Harbor, January (IAP) 2006
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Laboratory or field work in atmospheric science and oceanography. To be arranged with department faculty. Consult with department Education Office. This is an undergraduate introductory laboratory subject in ocean chemistry and measurement. There are three main elements to the course: oceanic chemical sampling and analysis, instrumentation development for the ocean environment, and the larger field of ocean science. This course is offered as part of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kujawinski, Elizabeth
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport, Fall 2004
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For Institute students in all departments interested in the behavior of chemicals in the environment (see ESD listings for other subjects). Emphasis on man-made chemicals, their movement through water, air, soil, and their eventual fate. Physical transport, as well as chemical and biological sources and sinks, are discussed. Linkages to health effects, sources and control, and policy aspects.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Chuang, Janet
Hemond, Harold
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J), Spring 2005
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This course addresses the challenges of defining a relationship between exposure to environmental chemicals and human disease. Course topics include epidemiological approaches to understanding disease causation; biostatistical methods; evaluation of human exposure to chemicals, and their internal distribution, metabolism, reactions with cellular components, and biological effects; and qualitative and quantitative health risk assessment methods used in the U.S. as bases for regulatory decision-making. Throughout the term, students consider case studies of local and national interest.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Genetics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Sherley, James
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Children's Planetary Maps: Mars
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Using planetary maps, students will be able to read cartographic information and compare the environmental conditions of Mars to those Earth. They will understand the conditions needed for life to exist, and be able to explain why it cannot exist on Mars.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Astronomy
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Children's Planetary Maps: Pluto & Charon
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Using planetary maps, students will be able to read cartographic information and compare the environmental conditions of Pluto/Charon to those Earth. They will understand the conditions needed for life to exist, and be able to explain why it cannot exist on Pluto or Charon.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Astronomy
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Children's Planetary Maps: The Moon
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Using planetary maps, students will be able to read cartographic information and compare the environmental conditions of The Moon to those Earth. They will understand the conditions needed for life to exist, and be able to explain why it cannot exist on The Moon.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Astronomy
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Children's Planetary Maps: Titan
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Using planetary maps, students will be able to read cartographic information and compare the environmental conditions of Titan to those Earth. They will understand the conditions needed for life to exist, and be able to explain why it cannot exist on Titan.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Astronomy
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Children's Planetary Maps: Venus
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Using planetary maps, students will be able to read cartographic information and compare the environmental conditions of Venus to those Earth. They will understand the conditions needed for life to exist, and be able to explain why it cannot exist on Venus.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Astronomy
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory, Spring 2004
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Introduces the concepts, techniques, and devices used to measure engineering properties of materials. Emphasis on measurement of load-deformation characteristics and failure modes of both natural and fabricated materials. Weekly experiments include data collection, data analysis, and interpretation and presentation of results.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Germaine, John
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Civil Society and the Environment, Spring 2005
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This graduate seminar examines the roles that civil society actors play in international, national, and local environmental governance. We will consider theories pertaining to civil society development, social movement mobilization, and relations between state and non-state actors. During the course of the semester, particular attention will be given to the legitimacy and accountability of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Case studies of civil society response to specific environmental issues will be used to illustrate theoretical issues and assess the impacts that these actors have on environmental policy and planning.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Carmin, JoAnn
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Climate Change Lesson 10 : Ecosystem Relationships
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The geographic range of a plant or animal species is an indication of its environmental “preferences,” the conditions that it finds ideal, acceptable, or intolerable.
If the climate changes, therefore, it is reasonable to expect that plant and animal species might “move” to occupy different places. The big question is: “What species will
move, and where will they go?” In this lesson, students approach this question through three activities.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020