Southern AERA Quarterly Activity Bulletin of The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources-Southeast Regional Climate Center
Volume 1, No. 1
The Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) is one of six regional climate centers in the United States and is located within the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Columbia, South Carolina. One of the goals of the Center is to promote and emphasize weather and climate science education so that students and teachers can develop an understanding of weather and climate and its impacts on the Southeast region. So far, the Center has provided resources through a variety of activities including electronic access to climate data, student interactions, teacher workshops, science fair judging, and coordination with national science programs. The SERCC, in coordination with Project ATMOSPHERE, is continuing the outreach to teachers by providing this quarterly publication, Southern AER, to educators in the region. Southern AER will provide useful climate information, such as classroom activities and listings of resources, for its readers. If there is something you would like to see in an upcoming issue, please contact the SERCC office.
Atmospheric Education Resource Agents (AERAs) from the South are cooperatively working with the SERCC to produce a newsletter that will begin as informational to AERAs. The hope is that each AERA will contribute names and addresses of teachers who would be interested in receiving this newsletter in order that we might spread the word of Project ATMOSPHERE and the SERCC. This will enable AERAs to put into action the role as regional contacts for teachers who are seeking information on atmospheric science topics. It can also aid in the role to act as liaison between climatologists, teachers, schools, and teachers' organizations. Working with the SERCC will give AERAs validity and also another source of expertise in the atmospheric sciences. As the outreach broadens, this will be another way to get our message and information into more classrooms. As the newsletter grows, information about the Maury Project will be included. In each edition of Southern AER, information will be presented for use in workshops and classrooms.
Olympic Venue Climate Comparisons Activity
The climate of an area plays an important role in the decision for a city to be a host site for the Olympic games. As most of us already know, Atlanta, Georgia was picked to be the host site for the 1996 Summer Games. Previous sites include: Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), and Barcelona (1992). How does Atlanta's climate compare with the climate of previous host sites of Summer Olympic Games? This activity will bring attention to daily maximum and minimum temperatures, average daily heat indices, the role humidity plays on climate, and the role each plays in affecting participants and spectators in the Olympic games.
USING FIGURES 1, 2, AND 3 ANSWER THE FOLLOWING:
8. Which city would you consider to be the most comfortable and suitable for
the Olympic Summer Games? Why?
Note: The use of graph-reading skills and map-reading skills are practiced using this activity. Teachers should share this activity with geography teachers, math teachers and media specialists who might like to use this activity, too.
Southern AER is a quarterly publication of the Southeast Regional Climate Center. Funding is provided by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Weather and Climate Resources for the Classroom
Radio and Television
AERA Meeting at the AMS Meeting in Atlanta
The American Meteorological Society will hold its upcoming annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in January 1996. Since the meeting is going to be so close, a lot of teachers from the region will attend. Pat Warthan (GA Resource Agent) talked with several Resource Agents at the Project ATMOSPHERE meeting in Madison, WI in July 1995 and discovered that a meeting concurrent with the AMS Meeting in January 1996 would be an excellent time to get together. The purpose of the meeting would be to present what projects are currently underway, discuss some new projects that could be beneficial, share resources with other teachers, and learn about new sources of data retrieval. Everyone is encouraged to attend. We plan to meet on Saturday, January 27, 1996, before the AMS meeting begins. Please mark it on your calendar!
Southeast Regional Climate Center
S.C. Department of Natural Resources
1201 Main Street, Suite 1100
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
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