Water Matters

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WATER QUESTIONS: WHEN WE WANT TO LEARN MORE
LOOKING AT GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES FROM SPACE
What can orbiting satellites tell us about Earth’s greatest resource?

This session took place online on February 8th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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Water flows connect land, air, and oceans, and are essential to all life. With data from orbiting satellites, we can measure differences in soil moisture, identify geological structures, and map flood zones. In this session, we’ll learn about some of the tools used for remotely mapping water resources and observing water cycles between the surface and atmosphere.

  • Great for classrooms with Space interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

LOOKING AT GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES FROM SPACE

Presenter:

Andrew K. JohnstonAndrew K. Johnston
Geographer, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
National Air and Space Museum
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THE NITROGEN PROBLEM: CAUSES AND REMEDIES
How can our actions affect coastal waters and the cycle of an essential element?

This session took place online on February 8th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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From the fertilizers we use to the cars we drive to the way we produce electricity, human activities have drastically changed the cycle of nitrogen. Our actions have overloaded the supply of nitrogen to plants and algae in rivers, streams, and coastal waters around the world. How big is the nitrogen problem? How can we fix it?


  • Great for classrooms with Environmental Science interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

THE NITROGEN PROBLEM: CAUSES AND REMEDIES

Presenter:

Thomas JordanThomas Jordan
Senior Scientist, Nutrient Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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SINK OR FLOAT: WATER AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS
How does design solve problems of individuals and communities around the world in sustainable ways?

This session took place online on February 8th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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SINK OR FLOAT: WATER AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS

People around the world are confronted with rising water, drought conditions, increased weather extremes and are challenged by the need for sustainable energy resources. From increasing access to water to helping people respond to changing environments, designers are responding with innovative solutions ranging from floating houses to energy produced by ocean waves. The presenters will explain the design process and the impact of these designs.

  • Great for classrooms with Sustainability and Design interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

Presenters:

Cynthia E. Smith Cynthia E. Smith
Curator of Socially Responsible Design
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Caroline PaysonCaroline Payson
Director of Education
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
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