Global Warming, Climate Change, and Environmental Degradation: Evidence from Space/Solutions on Earth

Global Warming, Climate Change, and Environmental Degradation: Evidence from Space/Solutions on Earth

1 graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. A. Frederick (Fritz) Hasler
Research Meteorologist Emeritus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Adjunct Professor, Meteorology, University of Utah

This course will explain to the PK-12 teacher that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that Global Warming results from human caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The climate scientists also agree that Global Warming is having serious negative consequences on the planet. This course presents small scale methods that individuals can use and the large scale methods that governments and industry can use to reduce Environmental Degradation. The spectacular images and animations of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation from space presented in this course give an impression that can't be obtained from words and graphs. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Arthur F (Fritz) Hasler

Dr. Arthur F (Fritz) Hasler, has studied at the Universities of Wisconsin and Munich Germany earning a B. S. in Applied Math & Engineering Physics, as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He spent most of his 40-year professional career at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center after terms at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris. He as also spent considerable time at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen Germany and in Salt Lake City on assignment during the 2002 Olympics. He retired from NASA in April of 2005 and is now a NASA Emeritus Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Hasler's research has involved estimation of winds using satellite imagery. He has written 45 scientific papers describing his research. In recent years Hasler has been primarily involved in visualization for scientific analysis and public outreach and production of HDTV movies. Dr. Hasler is famous for his visualization of severe weather events that have appeared in scientific and popular literature and on television such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & French TV, as well as on the covers of National Geographic, TIME, Popular Science, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, the Weekly Reader, and in the TIME/LIFE Collection of Great Photographs of the 20th Century. He has developed the NASA/NOAA Earth Science (E)lectronic Theater and has taken it on tour across US, Europe, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, SE Asia, and Japan. Dr. Hasler has received numerous honors and awards including the NASA/GSFC Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Excellence in Outreach Award, and the 2005 AIAA Barry Goldwater Award for public outreach. The award, won the previous year by presidential candidate John McCain was presented to him by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. He retired from NASA in 2005. In retirement he holds the titles of NASA Emeritus Research Scientist, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah. He continues to present the Etheater across the US and around the world. He has recently written three graduate level on-line courses on Earth Science from Space, Evidence of Global Warming from Space, and Solutions to Global Warming. Hasler speaks German, French, and Spanish.

Dr. Arthur F Hasler
NASA GSFC Emeritus Scientist
University of Utah Adjunct Professor
PSIA Certified Alpine Ski Instructor

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction

This course will explain to the 8-12 teacher that the overwhelming percentage of climate scientists agree that Global Warming results from human caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The climate scientists also agree that Global Warming is having serious negative consequences on the planet now and that they will only get worse in the future. However, there is little agreement on all the methods and technologies that can best be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions or the rate of expenditure that is justified to accomplish the reduction. Global Warming is only one aspect of the Environmental Degradation that confronts our Planet. Other aspects of Environmental Degradation include, air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, devastation of natural fish populations, degradation of agricultural lands, depletion of aquifers, extinction of species, ocean acidification, etc. that are caused by many types of human activities. Minimization of Environmental Degradation from all causes should motivate us to reduce our "resource-use footprint" on the Planet and to encourage others to do the same. There are many things that can be done to reduce Environmental Degradation (e.g. conservation and efficiency increases in buildings, manufacturing, and transportation, sustainable consumption, better farming practices, etc) that are nearly universally agreed upon. This course presents micro methods that individuals can use and the macro methods that governments and industry can use to mitigate Environmental Degradation

There are many ways that Environmental Degradation can be documented. However, there is no better way to observe and document many aspects of global Environmental Degradation, than from the perspective of space. These views of climate change and Environmental Degradation from Space give a visceral impression that can't be obtained from words and graphs. In this course we will show the evidence of global Environmental Degradation that have been documented from space using current technology. We will also discuss the methods and technology that will be used in the future. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.

Course Composition

The Adams State College Graduate Studies in Education has adopted a Teacher As A Reflective Decision Make Model and the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure, as known as INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Each course is designed to contribute to the development of one or more of the WI/INTASC Standards and if applicable, IRA and/or ISLLC Standards.

Franciscan values permeate the program. The focus of every professional education course is on the learning of the PK-12 pupil. Viterbo education courses infuse constructivist practices, use of technology, PK-12 collaboration, awareness of diversity, traditional and authentic assessment, research and real-world experiences into the professional development of the teacher.

Required Reading

Lecture 1

The 4th IPCC climate assessment (2007): Executive Summary http://www.ipcc.ch/

Lecture 2

Book/Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 1995 Jared M. Diamond, professor of geography at University of California, Los Angeles Part II Describes past societies that have collapsed: Read the chapters on Easter Island, the Greenland Norse, and Implications for the Modern World

Lecture 3

Book/The End of Nature: 1989 Bill McKibben One of the first books to convey the impacts of Global Warming to the common man. Read enough to get Mckibben's sense of what man has done to our Planet.

Lecture 4

Tackling Climate Change in the U.S. http://www.ases.org/climatechange/

Lecture 5

Book/The Bridge at the Edge of the World: 2008 James Gustave Speth A recent book on man's massive impact the planet and the huge paradigm shift that would be required to significantly reduce that impact in the future. Read the whole book or at least the transcript of Speth's talk about the book at the Brookings Institute at: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/events/2008/0416_speth/20080416_speth.pdf

Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

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  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

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Students are given a 2-month period in which to finish each course. Courses are offered continually throughout the year. Each enrollment period starts on the 1st of the month and ends two months later. Enrollment periods are listed below.

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ASC Tuition 55.00
 
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