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PolarTREC NOW accepting applications until 09/08/15; real-world polar research experience

PolarTREC

Applicaiton deadline: September 8, 2015

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together. By fostering the integration of research and education, PolarTREC will continue the momentum established during the International Polar Year (IPY) by addressing the following program objectives:

2014 State of the Climate: Highlights

NOAA

International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record  --  Climate markers continue to show global warming trend

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several  markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases ─ setting new records.  These key findings and others can be found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report released online today by the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Press release for students - Glacier changes at the top of the world

Planet Press

From EGU  --  The Himalayas (South Asia) are home to the largest volume of ice outside the polar regions. The Dudh Kosi basin in Nepal Himalaya hosts some of the world’s highest mountain peaks, including Mt Everest, and a huge number of glaciers. A team of scientists have been researching how sensitive these glaciers could be to future climate change.

Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate – New Climate Education Resource

Extreme Ice Survey

Esteemed scientists, educators, explorers and photographers from around the world have joined together to create chapter-by-chapter lessons that combine art, science and adventure stories in a fun and easy to use format.

This unique interactive resource offers a modern, interdisciplinary approach to understanding climate and environmental science with a quick-reference list to the current education standards (NGSS, CCSSI, and Climate Literacy).

NSF News - Antarctic seals may use the Earth's magnetic field to survive while hunting

National Science Foundation

From NSF  --  Antarctica's Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep--as much as of hundreds of meters--while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need in the surface of the ice that covers the sea. Now, a team of researchers supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation, believe they have figured out they they navigate so well; by sensing the Earth's magnetic fields.

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