Save the date for this event being broadcast from the Newseum in D.C. 1:00- 3:30 PM ET
Join NASA, NPS and other agencies, plus science organizations for this live two-hour broadcast – see it on NASA TV and www.nasa.gov. (Check your local cable stations for the NASA Channel or watch it on line). This press conference will be chock full of information about the eclipse, and will serve as a kick-off for increased publicitiy about this wonderful celestial event.
How to experience the August 21 eclipse through the eyes of NASA
Views from different areas of the country and how to prepare
Safe eclipse viewing practices
What causes an eclipse and why you should care
How to participate in events across the country
The unique research opportunities to study our Earth, moon and the sun
Click on the poster to download and use it.
Earth to Sky - Canada, Climate Change Science and Communication Course in Yellowknife, NWT recently completed
April 19-21, 2017
This course focused on climate science and communication as it applies to NW Canada. The heart of the course consisted of three days of face-to-face sessions held at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.
Scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, several Universities, and the Gov't of the Northwest Territories presented sessions on topics ranging from carbon fluxes in permafrost, and hydrologic changes to NWT rivers, to the effects of climate change on migratory birds. The course included a field trip and tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, where participants experienced a wide range of habitats representing the Arctic, and learned about how the changing climate is contributing to the loss of heritage resources. Representatives from local utilities and planning organizations provided information on climate mitigation efforts.
The course preparatory assignments, video-taped presentations and all course materials are now available on the course home page. Additional regional courses are being planned for a variety of locations in coming months and years.
Webinar for the Earth to Sky Community of Practice
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 - Noon-1pm AK Time, (2pm MDT)
This webinar provided an Update about NASA's ABoVE Research Campaign activities being planned for 2017.
View the recording on our webinar archive: May 17, 2017 Webinar with Peter Griffith
The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is part of a broad international effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change. Over the next decade, scientists from NASA and other public and private organizations are focusing on this northern region that spans about 2.5 million square miles. The multi-year field campaign will investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada, and examine such topics as the thawing of permafrost, the expansion of wildfires, and changes to wildlife habitats. Come and participate in a discussion with NASA’s Dr. Peter Griffith, Chief Support Scientist for NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office and the ABoVE campaign. Peter will describe the scope of these studies, the focus of the research into the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems, the implications of changing systems on society and human activities, and detail how individuals can get involved as the campaign progresses. He will also explore the significance of this work for other regions of the world. For more info: http://above.nasa.gov.
See also, this related report released this week at the Arctic Council: SNOW-WATER-ICE-AND-PERMAFROST-SUMMARY-FOR-POLICY.pdf.
Dr. Peter Griffith is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and is Chief Support Scientist for the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). He also directs the team that supports the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (http://carbon.nasa.gov); and the North American Carbon Program (http://www.nacarbon.org), a component of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Archived Webinar Series: Interpreting the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 !
For the first time in over a century a total solar eclipse will be visible over the entire United States, August 21, 2017. This spectacular total solar eclipse will be visible within a 70-mile wide path stretching across the continental U.S. beginning in mid-morning on the Oregon coast, crossing the United States, and finally disappearing on the South Carolina coast by mid-afternoon.
This eclipse will be a unique and powerful opportunity for sharing the excitement of science and the wonder of the Sun and Moon as they create a total solar eclipse on Earth.
The webinar series covers basics about solar eclipses, touches on NASA's research on the Sun, Moon and the Sun-Earth connection, and explores activities, resources and ideas for connecting the eclipse experience with major interpretive themes in parks, refuges and other interpretive sites.
You may view any or all of the sessions which were held January - March 2017.
Tuesday, January 24 – Basics of Solar Eclipses
Thursday, February 2 – Our Sun is an Above-Average Dynamic Star!
Tuesday, February 14 – Without the Moon There Would Be No Eclipse!
Thursday, February 23 – Earthly Connections to the Sun
Tuesday, March 7 – NASA Resources and Activities Part I
Thursday March 16 – NASA Resources and Activities Part II
Thursday March 23 – Interpret the Eclipse!
Webinar abstracts and access to archived sessions and resources are here (site login required).
Also visit our Eclipse Resources for Interpreters Page
Free Climate Science and Communication Mini-Course!
What’s currently going on with climate change in Alaska, and how do we best engage audiences on climate issues? If you’ve been wondering about these and similar questions, save-the-date October 21st, and join the Earth to Sky interagency partnership for an in-person mini-course in Fairbanks, with our partners from NASA, National Park Service, and many other agencies and organizations. Join us!
- Meet with world-class scientists and communicators and explore the best practices and latest insights into understanding/responding to changing climate
- Hear about the latest research being conducted by the NASA Arctic Boreal and Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Campaign in Canada and Alaska
- Learn tips on climate communication from experienced Earth to Sky alumni
- Explore new tools, including citizen science activities and stunning visual resources from NASA
- Discover useful online resources to help develop your understanding of and ability to communicate about climate
- Become part of a statewide community of engaged educators, working on the best ways to communicate about climate with audiences, both on-site and virtually
- Outline your own customized plan for presenting a climate program or designing a product for use at your work site
And best of all, learn how to stay connected to these scientists and communicators over time. You’re not alone in your efforts - and here’s proof there’s lots of help available!
Target Audience: Federal, State, Municipal, Non-profit and private organization communicators, school educators, and anyone interested in climate literacy. Participation by partners and collaborators is especially encouraged.
What: ETS@AK Mini-course 2016
When: Friday, October 21st, 2016
Where: Fairbanks, Alaska - at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
No Tuition Fee
For more info or to add your name to our email list of those interested, Contact:
John Morris Earth to Sky - Alaska Coordinator
16542 Marcus Street
Eagle River, AK 99577
Lead, Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership
Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Office: (301) 614-6669 or (410) 480-0718
Earth to Sky (ETS) is expanding its efforts through this course with new emphasis on partnering, and sharing new research specifically within a locally-based and engaged community of communicators and scientists. We are delighted with its successful launch, and look forward to the many future opportunities and new products that will surely result about changing climate in this region.
May 3-5, 2016
What’s really going on with climate change in the Pacific West? And how do you engage your audiences in climate issues?
This workshop-style course led by partners from NASA, National Park Service, and other Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, will provide participants with a foundation in climate science with emphasis on the connection of global to local processes. Our focus is on climate impacts of direct relevance to western coastal states. Join fellow interpreters and science communicators to
- Discuss and practice selected methods for successful climate communication, and become connected with the growing Earth to Sky community of practice – over 700 communicators and scientists from a variety of national and local organizations gaining and sharing expertise on this topic.
- Depart with cutting edge knowledge about climate change, and a plan for bringing the climate story to your visitors in engaging and inspiring ways.
- And learn how you can stay connected to these scientists and communicators over the long term. You’re not alone in your efforts – there’s lots of help available!
Target Audience: Federal, State, Municipal agencies, as well as non-profit and private organizations with science communicators, interpreters, environmental educators and education specialists. Participants should have some experience with communication principles and techniques. Knowledge of climate science is not required. Partners and collaborators planning to work together on joint projects are especially encouraged
When: Tuesday - Thursday, May 3-5, 2016
Where: The General’s Residence, Fort Mason, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
Tuition: $ 0.00 (Participants provide their own food, lodging and transportation)
This course is full, applications are no longer being accepted.
The international talks in Paris (COP21) seem to be all about carbon - how much there is in the atmosphere, the ocean, the plants, the permafrost and fossil fuels. How much carbon is moving, where, when, what can we do to alter the amount being released by human activity, how much do we need to reduce, etc. So, it seems an appropriate time to post a list of resources about carbon!
Here are a number of NASA resources on carbon, including short and long articles, short and long videos, visualizations and graphics. All are free, but please credit NASA if you share or use in your products/programs.
Feature Articles About Carbon
As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue their rapid, man-made rise, NASA scientists and others are confronted with important questions: How long can this balancing act continue? And if forests, other vegetation and the ocean cannot continue to absorb as much or more of our carbon emissions, what does that mean for the pace of climate change in the coming century? This article explores this line of research and includes several downloadable visualizations.
- Seven Case Studies in Carbon and Climate
- Seeing Forests for the Trees and the Carbon
- Carbon Content of Forests Overestimated
- Feature: The Carbon Cycle
- Carbon Emissions and Drought
- Carbon Dioxide Controls Earth’s Thermostat
Multimedia and Interactives
- ClimateBits: Carbon Dioxide (3 min) A nice explanation of the reason why carbon matters, stepping through seasonal and annual changes in atmospheric CO2 , consequences of added CO2 and actions people can take. Illustrated with visuals of the global greening and browning overlaid with the data from Mauna Loa.
- Fast and Slow Carbon – Banana vs. Coal (aka Carbon Crisis in 90 Sec.) A short, clear explanation of the carbon cycle, why it is out of balance, and why that matters.
- A Breathing Planet, Off Balance Video (3 min) A video that accompanies the article listed above.