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This study aimed to analyze the usability of NOAA’s climate.gov portal for the four target audiences: (1) the climate-interested public; (2) climate science data users (scientists and applications-oriented professionals); (3) science educators (formal and informal), and (4) climate science policy decision-makers. The study built upon the previous literature review and evaluation study conducted by Mooney and Phillips in 2010 and 2012. The study used the Quality of Relationship index developed in the previous study and placed a new emphasis on the experience of individual users from the four audiences in their regular work or home setting. Multiple methods, including an online survey, usability studies, phone interviews and web statistics were used to draw conclusion and recommendations. The evaluation team is experienced with building and evaluating digital platforms for sharing geoscience information, and is very familiar with the climate literacy context and the NOAA mission. We hope that sharing our results and findings with the larger science communication community will help that community consider ways of taking similar approaches to assessing and evaluating their projects, and possibly by using the Quality of Relationship metric, which will facilitate wider synergies and intercomparison of results in our nation’s overall efforts to boost public science literacy.

 

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CLEAN supports teaching and learning about climate and energy topics with over 700 free, peer-reviewed, scientifically accurate, and NGSS-aligned resources in the CLEAN collection.


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Webinar 1: Intro to CLEAN
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Event occurred February 8, 2018 4:30-5:00 Mountain Time
Join us for a guided tour of the CLEAN portal. Learn about the CLEAN collection of almost 700 climate and energy educational resources and the range of other supporting materials to help you effectively and accurately teach about climate and energy topics.


Webinar 2: Climate & Energy Principles
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Event occurred February 12, 2018 4:30-5:00 Mountain Time
Learn about the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts.


Webinar 3: How to Plan Climate and Energy Units
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February 22, 2018 4:30-5:00 Mountain Time
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February 27, 2018 4:00-4:30 Mountain Time
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This suite of activities is designed to engage learners in climate science through an ongoing Arctic research project. Educators will find a variety of materials here, and can use the entire curriculum or select the components best suited to their audience. All activities include student materials, a teacher’s guide and assessment ideas, along with possibilities for additional exploration.

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  • High school – grade 9-12
  • Middle school - Activities 1 and 2 with teacher support
  • Introductory college students: Activity 3, data plotting and analysis

These materials were designed as the Broader Impacts portion of the NSF proposal “Surface Energy Budgets at Arctic Terrestrial Sites: Quantifying Energy and Momentum Fluxes and their Associated Physical Processes,” studying analysis of existing data from Arctic terrestrial stations with multi-year measurements of the surface energy budget, clouds, soil temperature profiles, and basic meteorological measurements.

This curriculum was selected to be in the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), a collection of free, ready-to-use resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists.

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This project was designed as the Broader Impacts portion of the NSF proposal “Surface Energy Budgets at Arctic Terrestrial Sites: Quantifying Energy and Momentum Fluxes and their Associated Physical Processes”, studying analysis of existing data from Arctic terrestrial stations with multi-year measurements of the surface energy budget, clouds, soil temperature profiles, and basic meteorological measurements.

 

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