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MetEd - Monitoring the Climate System with Satellites
The international science community has identified a set of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that should be monitored for measuring the climate system, how it is changing, and its likely impact on future climate. Environmental satellites play an important role in this effort. They are uniquely positioned to provide broad, spatially consistent, and continuous global sampling of many of the ECVs.
This module explores the benefits of monitoring the climate system with satellites. We begin by reviewing how satellites observe key atmospheric elements and features that are found in a variety of climate cycles and are important for studying long-term climate trends. From there, we explore events at the different scales (from seasonal to long-term) and the contributions that satellites make to improving our understanding, monitoring, and prediction of them. Finally, we discuss the challenges involved in monitoring climate with satellites. Among these is the need for continuous, stable, high-resolution, and validated measurements that are coordinated with the world’s satellite operators.
This collection contains the teaching materials I used for designing the Freshman Science Seminar Mathematics 190 - A Climate of Uncertainty at UNC-Chapel Hill Fall 2013. This collection is maintained as a reference for other instructors interested in teaching about climate change using open curriculum. I made extensive use of the training modules provided by MetEd to utilize a "flipped classroom" approach. Traditional lecturing was largely replaced by assigning the training modules in this collection for homework and having my students send me their quiz scores. In class, I utilized a mix of "read and report" group presentations, discussions, roleplays, and modelling exercises on laptops. I encourage others to build and improve on the ideas I had for this course, and to contact me with questions related to the materials and course design.
Colin James Grudzien