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Explore links to water quality monitoring training and equipment information. Building Your Own Equipment is a useful PDF document with instructions and illustrations on how to build and use water monitoring equipment such as stadia rods, crest gauges, kick nets, Hester-Dendy samplers and Secchi Discs. Equipment that you can't build at home and can check out from Utah State University is listed in ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal, General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching JiTT warm up questions about Darwin's garden. The questions examine the value of biodiversity in an ecosystem, the significance of Darwin's garden experiment, and the reasons that it took so long for modern scientists to study connections between biodiversity and ecosystem health. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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This semester-long project on conducting an environmental audit of a college campus can be done by an individual or by groups of students working in teams. Each group will research a different aspect of campus operations; they will collect data, analyze their findings, and make recommendations for improvements. This SERC Starting Point site includes learning goals, context for use, teaching tips and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Project, Index / Bibliography, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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In this report, the Global Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Climate Research Group examines the possible climate impacts of quadrupling atmospheric CO2. Several impacts are discussed, surface air temperature warming, sea level rise, thermohaline circulation changes, mid-latitude summer drying, heat index and temperature increases and possible changes in tropical storms and El Nino. This site provides a nice ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Physical oceanography
 
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This Stella model allows students to learn about chemical mass balance in the atmosphere and apply this concept to atmospheric chlorofluorocarbon (important for ozone depletion) and carbon dioxide (important for global warming) concentration changes. Students will learn about chemical mass balance of the global atmosphere, understand the relationship between atmospheric life-time, source emission ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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The Fishing Game is an activity that places students in the role of manager in the National Fish and Wildlife Service. They are charged with the responsibility of making policy suggestions regarding the management of a fishery surrounding national borders. Fishing is an important source of economic income for their country so their decisions must ensure the healthy maintenance of the fish population ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Policy issues, Technology
 
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The goal of this paper written as part of the MIT Systems Dynamics in Education Project is to teach the reader how to distinguish between stocks and flows. A stock is an accumulation that is changed over time by inflows and outflows. The reader will gain intuition about stocks and flow through and extensive list of different examples and will practice modeling simple systems with constant flows. STELLA ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Journal article
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Physics
 
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The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, and to give them an opportunity to role play in a hypothetical case of transnational pollution on the Danube River. This lesson introduces the grandest and most threatening problem of the global environment-transnational pollution. The flow of pollutants across national boundaries has confirmed ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Policy issues
 
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The United States Government's Invasive Species website is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site users can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. This is also the website for the National Invasive Species ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Case study, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This pdf document commissioned by the Pew Ocean Commission describes the problem of invasive species along the United States coastline. The document provides information regarding how bioinvasions occur, the number of invasive species introduced, the effects of bioinvasions, prevention, reduction and control of marine bioinvasions and recommendations for action against invasive species invasion. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Report
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Biological oceanography, Policy issues
 
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