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Advanced Supercomputing Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Tutorial 
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This resource file was developed by NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Division for both teachers and students interested in the ozone layer. Stratospheric ozone depletion is a concern because the ozone layer in the stratosphere keeps 95-99% of the suns ultraviolet radiation from striking the earth.
 
 
Air Conditioning: Analyzing the Role of Government Agencies in Climate Research and Environmental Policy  
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The New York Times, in partnership with the Bank Street College of Education in New York City has developed a series of "Daily Lesson Plans". In this lesson, students explore the roles that United States government agencies play in weather forecasting, climate control, and other climate-related environmental issues.
 
 
Argonne National Laboratory Division of Educational Programs  
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Argonne's Ask-A-Scientist program has over 400 questions and answers in their environmental science archive.
 
 
AskERIC 
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AskERIC provides lesson plans, ask-an-expert services, and links to an abundance of internet sites and online communities covering topics such as environmental education, geology, meteorology, oceanography and more.
 
 
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's Education Center 
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Site includes an introduction to the science behind global warming, lesson plans, an archive of questions and answers and information about the ARM Program.
 
 
College and University Global Change Course Links 
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Course descriptions, syllabi, and course home pages for global environmental change classes at colleges and universities.
 
 
Common Questions About Climate Change  
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Answers some of the most commonly asked questions about climate change, including whether the Earth has warmed, which human activities are contributing to climate change, what further climatic changes are expected to occur, and what effects these changes may have on humans and the environment.
 
 
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) 
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The CSREES is a program within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, who's mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well being, and communities. The site is loaded with research and education information about all sorts of agriculture, environment and human health related subjects, and includes contact information to CSREES staff specialists who can answer questions or refer you to someone at state or county level who possesses the information you need.
 
 
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) 
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DLESE is a library of digitally accessible resources for learning about the Earth system. The catalog contains over 1500 resources for all grade levels as well as the general public, and covering a wide range of Earth system topics. All types of resources to assist learning are included.
 
 
Dr. E's Energy Lab - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) 
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Links to many wind, solar, and geothermal energy resources as well as links to energy efficiency tips.
 
 
Dr. Marburger Before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space Commerce, and Transportation Committee 
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Statement of The Honorable John Marburger, III; Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; United States Senate; May 22, 2002 to discuss the President's Fiscal Year 2003 budget request for research and development, including climate change research. (17KB PDF file)
 
 
Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) 
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The Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) is a partnership among universities, colleges, and science education organizations dedicated to improving Earth science education. The site offers online courses for K-12 educators as well as a number of other Earth Systems Science and education resources.
 
 
Earthguide 
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Earthguide, an educational website from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, focused on earth, environmental, and oceanographic sciences, and global change. The site is intended to be useful to K-12 teachers and students, as well as the general public. The site includes stories that document research expeditions by Scripps scientists, and makes available key diagrams, maps, and images in earth and oceanographic sciences.
 
 
EE-Link 
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EE-Link maintains a comprehensive set of links to environmental education resources on the web that include classroom resources, professional resources, information on grants and jobs, publications of interest to environmental education professionals, and more.
 
 
Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment 
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The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment is a one-stop source of information for all ages on a range of atmospheric issues, including weather, climate, air pollution, acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion.
 
 
Energy Efficiency in Schools 
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Hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans in the area of energy at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
 
 
Energy Information Administration Kid's Page 
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Online energy education resources -- these include energy activities that kids can do online and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.
 
 
Environment Canada Kidzone 
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An introduction to the ozone layer, the science of stratospheric ozone depletion, UV radiation and sun safety tips.
 
 
Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) 
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EETAP is the national training program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Environmental Education. EETAP's overall mission is to coordinate and deliver training and support services to advance education and environmental literacy in the United States.
 
 
Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World 
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This online course is a guided exploration of several different topics and viewpoints related to environmental sustainability. Each section features a single contributor, all of whom are faculty members, researchers, or instructors affiliated with Columbia University. All contributors work in areas closely related to issues of environmental sustainability. Throughout the course you will encounter video interviews, reading materials, photographs and other visual aids, and various Activities related to the specific themes discussed by each contributor.
 
 
EPA - Office of Environmental Education 
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From the website of the EPA's Office of Environmental Education you can access information and resources for teachers and students, information about grant programs, student opportunities and more. The mission of the office is to advance and support education efforts that develop an environmentally conscious and responsible public.
 
 
EPA Environmental Education 
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The homepage is a portal to all EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) educational websites for students, teachers and kids.
 
 
EPA Environmental Education Grant Program 
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The Grant Program sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. Information on how to apply for funding, tips for developing successful applications, and a list of past recipients are available.
 
 
EPA Explorer's Club 
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EPA's web site for kids includes games, pictures, stories and other fun things. There are sections for teachers, middle and high school students, and younger kids.
 
 
EPA Global Warming 
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides an excellent overview of the problem of global warming. The science of climate change is presented along with the potential impacts of global warming as well as strategies to adapt to, or mitigate, those potential impacts.
 
 
EPA Global Warming Kids Site 
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A comprehensive and well-organized introduction to climate, climate change and global warming. Includes games and links to other resources.
 
 
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education 
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The Clearinghouse provides access to information available for teaching and learning about science, mathematics and the environment.
 
 
Fathom Knowledge Network Inc. 
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Fathom Knowledge Network Inc. is a portal to a vast array of online education that includes lectures, interviews and articles, online courses and forums. Some of the material is free, but courses are offered for a fee. The materials are created by a number of prestigious member institutions that include Columbia University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Cambridge University Press, The British Library, The New York Public Library, The University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, American Film Institute (AFI), RAND, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum (UK), and The Natural History Museum (UK).
 
 
Fossil Fuels Future: An Energy Education site 
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Provides information on the history and production of coal, oil, and gas use, and how those fuels may be used in the future.
 
 
Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) 
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The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. It is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education and is a project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology.
 
 
GCRIO Global Change Gateway - Environmental Education 
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The US Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) provides access to data and information on global and climate change research, adaptation/mitigation strategies and technologies, and global warming-related educational resources on behalf of the various US Federal Agencies that are involved in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). This collection of resources was selected for its relevance to global change and environmental education. Included is a wide range of resources for educators and students at all levels.
 
 
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Learning Center 
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Learn all about global environmental change. The GCMD's (Global Change Master Directory) Learning Center has questions and answers about global change as well as annotated links categorized by age group and subject matter.
 
 
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) 
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The GLOBE Program brings together K-12 students, teachers, and scientists from around the world who work together to help us learn more about the environment. By participating in GLOBE, teachers guide their students through daily, weekly, and seasonal environmental observations, such as air temperature and precipitation.
 
 
Global SchoolNet 
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Global SchoolNet provides collaborative learning activities that "prepare students for the workforce and help them to become responsible global citizens". The Global SchoolHouse section of the web site has a registry of several hundred projects and online expeditions that students can participate in.
 
 
Global Warming and Climate Change 
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A publication prepared by researchers in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University to explain the issue of global warming and climate change to a general audience. Issues addressed include: The science of global warming; the potential impacts of climate change, and the range of policy responses to the threat of climate change.
 
 
Global Warming: Focus on the Future 
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This is the web version of a traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and Environmental Defense. The online exhibit covers topics, such as: Global Warming Is Happening; Global Warming Is a Problem; and You Can Help.
 
Government of Canada Climate Change 
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This web site from the Government of Canada was developed to inform people about climate change and how it affects our environment. Teacher resources and a student's climate lab are included.
 
 
Great Green Web Game 
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The Great Green Web Game, developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists, is based on an analysis of the environmental impact of consumer decisions. Air pollution, water pollution, destruction of natural habitats, and global warming are the main forms of environmental damage caused by consumer-related activities today. The Great Green Web Game shows how you can reduce this damage through effective consumer choices.
 
 
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies 
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The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies provides policy analysis, research, strategic planning, training, and educational material development in support of the Earth sciences and related issues. Included on the site are lesson plans and a teacher's guide.
 
 
LearnNPS - The Learning Place - National Park Service 
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LearnNPS is the place to be when you want to learn more about your National Parks. Here you'll find curriculum-based lesson plans, keyed by National and State Standards, student activities, information about Junior Ranger programs in the parks, and a host of other educational media created and maintained by the National Park Service and it's partners.
 
 
Magic School Bus 
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Based on the television show, The Magic School Bus, the site includes games, lesson plans, and other teaching resources with an environmental theme.
 
 
Metropolitan East Coast Assessment Education Module 
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Climate Change and a Global City -- The MEC Educator's Pack is a package of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, datasets and lesson plans designed for educators who are interested in using GIS technology to explore global climate change issues.
 
 
NASA Earth Observatory 
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The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change.
 
 
NASA Education Program 
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The NASA education program has resources for educators, resources for students, an education calendar, education news, and other information and comments.
 
 
NASA Visible Earth 
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The purpose of NASA's Visible Earth is to provide a consistently updated, central point of access to the superset of NASA's Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations. These images are considered to be public domain and, as such, are freely available to the interested public-at-large, the media, scientists, and educators for re-use and/or re-publication.
 
 
NASA's Earth Observing System page for Educators 
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Site includes Educational Links, Educational Publications from the EOS program, NASA's Ask an Earth Scientist section, and explanations of our program and the terminology used. The popular EOS Science Poster Series can be found under Educational Publications.
 
 
National 4-H Council Environmental Stewardship Program  
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The specific goals of the Environmental Stewardship program include: understanding ecological concepts, building an awareness of environmental issues and values, developing scientific investigatory and critical thinking skills, and learning skills needed for effective action. In general, these goals foster leadership skills that allow youth to work as full partners with others to develop creative, community-based solutions to difficult environmental challenges.
 
 
National Library of Education 
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The National Library of Education (NLE) is the largest federally funded library devoted entirely to education. The Library offers the following online resources: ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), GEM (Gateway to Educational Materials), NEN (National Education Network), and USNEI (U.S. Network for Educational Information).
 
 
National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center -Climate Change 
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The National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center conducts a variety of outreach and education activities on climate change. Included here are a climate change guidebook, background information on climate change impacts, and news updates.
 
 
National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources 
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The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is responsible for the health and continued vitality of the Nation's science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education and for providing leadership in the effort to improve education in these areas. The site provides information on funding opportunities.
 
 
National Science Teachers Association 
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NOAA Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean Theme Page 
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An information resource for the scientific investigation of the biology, oceanography, meteorology and ecology of the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean. The site links to numerous educational sites on the topic, for both higher education and kids, K-12.
 
 
NOAA Educational Resources 
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Weather, climate, El Niño and La Niña, space, the Earth, the atmosphere, the ocean, history, and cool sites to visit - it's all here! This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced by NOAA and are distributed across the agency.
 
NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)- Education Site 
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The site provides research and investigation experiences for middle school science students and teachers using on-line resources. There are links to numerous NOAA sites that contain information about climate, oceans and coasts, weather and the atmosphere, and the environment. Some are specifically for kids.
 
 
NOAA Photo Library 
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The NOAA photograph and image collection has been produced to help those interested in studying our natural world learn more about our oceans, the atmosphere, and the history of the pioneers who began the study of our environment in the United States.
 
 
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) 
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The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals and students working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in over 55 countries around the world. NAAEE promotes environmental education and supports the work of environmental educators.
 
 
NOVA: Warnings from the Ice 
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Explore how Antarctica's ice has preserved the past -- from Chernobyl to the Little Ice Age -- going back hundreds of thousands of years, and then see how the world's coastlines would recede if some or all of this ice were to melt. Also check out scores of astonishing facts about the White Continent, and what it's like to live and work there.
 
 
Ocean Explorer 
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The Ocean Explorer allows you to go along with NOAA scientists as they discover new ocean regions, investigate unknown ocean ecosystems, and discover new forms of ocean life.
 
 
Office of Biological and Environmental Research Global Change Education Program 
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The Global Change Education Program provides undergraduate summer research experiences and graduate research fellowships in support of the Department of Energy's (DOE) global change research activities. Focus areas include: atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climatology, and terrestrial processes. Application forms are available online.
 
 
One Sky, Many Voices 
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Inquiry-based K-12 science programs for the interactive study of current science. Four-week and eight-week programs centered around environmental science themes are provided.
 
 
Paleo Perspective on Global Warming 
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This site was developed by NOAA's Paleoclimate Program to help educate, inform and highlight the importance of paleoclimate research; as well as to show how paleoclimate research relates to global warming and other important issues regarding climate variability and change.
 
 
Polar Meteorology Web Module 
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This module is designed for anyone interested in the subject of polar meteorology. Topics include polar climates, climate change, and vessel icing.
 
 
Questions and Answers About the Stratospheric Ozone Layer 
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To help foster a continued interaction, this component of the "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2002" presents 20 questions and answers about the often complex science of ozone depletion. The questions address the nature of atmospheric ozone, the chemicals that cause ozone depletion, how global and polar ozone depletion occur, and what could lie ahead for the ozone layer. The answers are based on the information presented in the 2002 and earlier Assessment reports. These reports and the answers provided here were all prepared and reviewed by a large international group of scientists. (2.1MB PDF file)
 
 
Reflections on Earth: Exploring Planet Earth from Space 
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This program includes exciting new environmental research, educational materials for classroom and home use, and training opportunities for teachers.
 
 
Schoolyard Long Term Ecological Research 
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Schoolyard uses the uniqueness of the Long Term Ecological Research Network to promote learning about long-term ecological processes and the earth's ecosystems. Opportunities for educators and graduate students are announced on the site.
 
 
Sci4Kids - Agricultural Research Service 
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Sci4Kids is a series of stories about what scientists do at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Geared to kids about 8 to 13 years old, it is produced by the ARS Information Staff in Beltsville, Maryland. They bet you'll agree that much of what their scientists do is not what you might expect.
 
 
Secrets of the Ice 
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A group of scientists from around the country directed by the Institute for Quaternary and Climate Studies and the University of Maine have embarked on a four year expedition to better understand how humans have affected Antarctica's environment and what the lasting effects on the world might be. Through their website, you can learn more about Antarctica's environment and the research conducted there.
 
 
Smithsonian Field Trips and Learning Resources 
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Contains lesson plans based on Smithsonian collections, web resources, media resources, and field trip ideas.
 
 
TeachEarth.com 
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TeachEarth.com is a portal to teaching resources for Earth science teachers, that include: instructional materials, web-based classroom materials, CD-ROMs, posters, fact sheets, workshops, fellowships and curriculum development activities.
 
 
Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) 
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Join teachers as they venture to points north and south and participate in Antarctic and Arctic research expeditions.
 
 
Testimony of James R. Mahoney Before the Committee on Science, US House of Representatives, 10 July 2002 
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Dr. Mahoney, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, presented testimony about the Administration's scientific research program on global change and climate change. He stated that the status of the entire earth system, including the potential impacts of climate and ecosystem variability (regardless of its origin), is a capstone issue for our generation and will continue to be so for our children. The Administration fully embraces the need to provide the best possible scientific basis for understanding the complex interactions that determine the constantly changing nature of our earth's life systems. Moreover, the Administration is committed to making full use of our best scientific information to determine optimal investments and actions on the global, national and regional scales to mitigate adverse anthropogenic changes, and to adapt to unavoidable natural changes.
 
 
US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Educational Resources  
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The USGCRP maintains a list of links to educational sites focusing on global change information, including an extensive collection of lesson plan resources.
 
 
US Global Change Research Program Educational Resources 
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GCDIS (Global Change Data and Information System) maintains this list of education resources available from agencies participating in the US Global Change Research Program.
 
 
USGS Global Change Research 
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USGS Global Change Research activities strive to achieve a whole-system understanding of the interrelationships among earth surface processes, ecological systems, and human activities. Activities of the program focus on documenting, analyzing, and modeling the character of past and present environments and the geological, biological, hydrological, and geochemical processes involved in environmental change so that future environmental changes and impacts can be anticipated.
 
 
USGS Learning Web 
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The Learning Web is dedicated to K-12 education and lifelong learning. It is a portal linking to earth and environmental science resources for students, teachers, and explorers, that are distributed across the US Geological Survey (USGS).
 
 
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Virtual Marine Education Center 
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This site is a portal to information resources and online activities for teachers and students interested in the marine environment.
 
 
World Resources Institute Education Center 
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The World Resources Institute offers educational resources based on their research. Topics include: biodiversity, measuring global trends, and incorporating environmental ideas into business education.
 
 

 

 


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