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Workshop: Water Cycle, Ocean Circulation, Climate

Workshop: Water Cycle, Ocean Circulation, Climate Artist's concept of the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in June 2011. Image credit: NASA Larger image


April 4, 2011

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite, a workshop for K - 12 educators will be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, on June 3 - 4, 2011. The free workshop is sponsored by the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).

Aquarius will employ advanced technologies to make NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean salinity across the globe - an important observation for ocean and climate studies. From 650 kilometers (400 miles) above Earth's surface, Aquarius will detect changes in ocean salinity as small as a "pinch" of salt in a gallon of water.

Day 1 of the workshop will feature NASA scientists who will work collaboratively with educators to examine connections between the water cycle, ocean circulation, climate and sea surface salinity. Using an online Concept Map Builder, the scientist/educator teams will develop concept maps to enable effective communication of these connections.

On Day 2, educators will tour the JPL facility, attach scientist-vetted content (e.g., animations and images, news items) to their online concept maps and conduct "hands on" activities that support workshop themes.

Applications are due by Friday, May 6, 2011.

For registration details, go to http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/nasaaquarius/ .

For directions to JPL, go to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/about_JPL/maps.cfm .