CLEAN Interactive Webinar for Secondary Level Educators

Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives

March 15, 2012

by Gretchen Hofmann, Scientist, University of California at Santa Barbara
and Beth Simmons, Educator, TERC

Hofmann presentation slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 72.5MB Mar15 12)
Simmons presentation slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 33MB Mar15 12)
Climate change has consequences webinar 7 recording (MP4 Video 406.5MB Mar23 12)

This interactive webinar is designed to help secondary school teachers teach climate science. The focus of this session is on the consequences of climate change on ocean chemistry (in particular, acidification of ocean water) and on disruption to ecosystems, which are part of Principle 7 of the Climate Literacy Principles.


Goal -To understand some of the consequences of climate change on ecosystems - both on land and in the ocean - as well as on the species that inhabit these ecosystems.

Time - 4-6 pm Pacific | 5-7 pm Mountain | 6-8 pm Central | 7-9 pm Eastern

Duration - 2 hours: Overview of Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Principle #7: "Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives," with a focus on ocean acidification and ecosystems.

Format - Blackboard Collaborate platform and teleconference line

Registration - There is no registration fee, but registration is required to save a space. Because space is limited, please be sure you can commit before registering. Registration closes when the spaces fill or one week before the webinar, whichever comes first. The registration form is available below.

Contact - For questions contact Marian Grogan at TERC (marian_grogan AT

About the Speakers:

Dr. Gretchen Hofmann is a professor of ecological physiology of marine organisms (in particular kelp, invertebrates, and perciform fishes) at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her recent work investigates the impact on marine organisms of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations via global warming and ocean acidification.

Beth Simmons is a consultant to TERC, a former classroom teacher, and currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Palmer (Antarctica) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

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