Education Outreach Program

May 9, 2009
COSEE West Colorado Collaborative
University of Colorado Boulder


How do the oceans affect the weather in Colorado?
The Earth has one big ocean that is interconnected. The temperature, salinity, and density of ocean water and global winds and air temperatures are caused by the Sun and geologic processes. These factors cause the ocean water to circulate with basins and between the water and atmosphere.

8:30 9:00 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
9:00 9:30 a.m. Review homework graphs From Heating and Cooling Different Materials Lesson
9:30 10:30 a.m. Lesson 4: Weather Stations
10:30 11:00 a.m. Lesson 5: Observing Clouds
11:00 11:50 a.m. Dr. Ola Persson, NOAA "The Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice and the Role of the Atmosphere"
View Dr. Persson's lecture materials HERE:
Powerpoint Set
Video of Lecture
11:50 12:00 p.m. Evaluation

Lecture Abstract: This presentation will explore the physical processes believed to be producing the observed drastic reduction in Arctic sea ice, emphasizing the interactions between sea ice and atmospheric processes. A key metric for the interaction with sea ice is the surface energy fluxes, and the primary atmospheric processes modulating surface energy fluxes include cloud radiative effects, atmospheric turbulent effects, and their linkages to storms. Direct radiative effects by greenhouse gases along with oceanographic and cryospheric mechanisms will also be discussed briefly. Field programs focused on understanding these processes demonstrate how the science is being advanced and the logistical difficulties involved. The explanations for the change in Arctic sea ice incorporate the basic radiative and global circulation concepts discussed in the first lecture by Dr. Fairall.