Education Outreach Program

Connecting the global oceans to inland audiences

The focus of Exploring Connections between the Global Oceans and the Inland Southwest is to illustrate the importance of the ocean to our region’s weather and climate, as well as to explore how inland populations affect the global oceans.

Over a four year period we offered teacher professional development on a new ocean and climate topic each year accompanied by related lectures delivered by scientists on their cutting edge research. Funding for the COSEE West – Colorado Collaborative has ended, but we have archived the lectures and are offering a CD with lesson plans available upon request. Topics include Global Patterns of Scientific Data, Physical Science behind Precipitation, Precipitation Patterns in the West, Water and Populations Patterns, Water Quality and its Effects on Stream Invertebrates.

Teachers learn how to measure water quality at Boulder Creek.

Teachers learn how to measure water quality at Boulder Creek.

teachers in the workshop

CIRES scientist Ola Persson interacts with teachers before his lecture to explain the concept of expanding and contracting gases.