SECOORA at AGU

SECOORA and partner Regional Association, CeNCOOS, produced and presented a poster at the Fall 2015 American Geophysical Union Meeting. The poster titled, “Climate Outreach Using Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System Portals,” focused on the 11 IOOS Regional Association’s data portals and using those portals for outreach. Click here to read the abstract.

Data Portals have emerged as an interactive tool for educators to help students explore and understand climate. Bringing data portals to outreach events, into classrooms, and onto tablets and smartphones enables educators to address topics and phenomena happening in real time. SECOORA uses their data portal at outreach events. During the Charleston Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Festival, visitors navigated the SECOORA data portal to view the real-time marine meteorological conditions off the coast of South Carolina.

Children at the 2015 Charleston Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Festival exploring the SECOORA data portal. Credit: SECOORA

 

Abstract

AGU FALL 2015 Session ED011: Climate Literacy: Climate education and outreach utilizing ocean observations

Climate Outreach Using Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System Portals

Anderson, DM, Hernandez, D, Wakely, A, and R. Bochenek

Coastal oceans are dynamic, changing environments affected by processes ranging from seconds to millennia. On the east and west coast of the U.S., regional observing systems have deployed and sustained a remarkable diverse array of observing tools and sensors. Data portals visualize and provide access to real-time sensor networks. Portals have emerged as an interactive tool for educators to help students explore and understand climate. Bringing data portals to outreach events, into classrooms, and onto tablets and smartphones enables educators to address topics and phenomena happening right now. For example at the 2015 Charleston Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Festival, visitors navigated the SECOORA (Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing regional Association) data portal to view the real-time marine meteorological conditions off South Carolina. Map-based entry points provide an intuitive interface for most students, an array of time series and other visualizations depict many of the essential principles of climate science manifest in the coastal zone, and data down-load/ extract options provide access to the data and documentation for further inquiry by advanced users. Beyond the exposition of climate principles, the portal experience reveals remarkable technologies in action and shows how the observing system is enabled by the activity of many different partners. ED011: Climate Literacy: Climate education and outreach utilizing ocean observations