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Facilitating student understanding about climate science: El Niño as an online case study


Holbrook, NJ and Devonshire, E, Facilitating student understanding about climate science: El Nino as an online case study, Proceedings of the Improving Learning Outcomes Through Flexible Science Teaching Symposium, October, Sydney, NSW, pp. 31-36. ISBN 1 86487 490 2 (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]


El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has been shown to be the dominant factor affecting year-to-year climate changes globally, and may dramatically affect rainfall patterns around the world. In the education of climate scientists, it is critical that they comprehend the complex concepts that underpin ENSO. This paper discusses an online practical (tool) developed to teach undergraduate students the fundamental principles that underpin not only the average state of the ocean, but also ocean variability associated with ENSO. Results from two formal student evaluations of this practical, one by third year physical geography students and the other by second year physics students, will be presented and discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
ID Code:57274
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-07-01
Last Modified:2009-07-20

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