Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) snowfall rate for northern New Mexico, February 2003, visualized with Giovanni
GES DISC scientist Dr. James Acker will meet with two different groups of teachers and educators at climate change education workshops in New Mexico this week and next week. The first meeting will take place at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where Acker and Daniel Zalles of SRI International (Menlo Park, CA) will meet with teachers who are involved with the Data-enhanced Investigations of Climate Change (DICCE) project. Zalles is the Principal Investigator and Acker a Co-Investigator for DICCE. The project is creating a new Giovanni portal optimized for educational use, DICCE-G, and a learning environment (DICCE-LE) in which teachers can create climate change education lessons using output from DICCE-G. One of the four groups of teachers who will test and aid development of DICCE-G and DICCE-LE is from New Mexico.
Next week, Acker will be a featured speaker at an Innovative Working Group workshop, Using Climate Change Data in Classrooms, sponsored by the University of New Mexico. The workshop will take place at the new Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, near the rim of the one of the largest volcanic calderas in the continental United States. Acker will discuss the use of NASA model and remotely sensed data in the NASA Giovanni system for use in climate change education. (According to the conference organizers, if you needed to contact Dr. Acker while he's attending the conference, you'd have to use e-mail; cell phones don't work out that far into the wilds of northern New Mexico!)