Dr. Lee Anne Martinez Introduces Climatology (ED 491/591)

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ED 491/591: CLIMATOLOGY BEGINS JUNE 10

This summer, Biology professor Dr. Lee Anne Martinez, will offer the first ever Climatology course at CSU-Pueblo. The course, ED 491/591 beginning Monday, June 10, is an online course offered as a graduate level course or as an upper division elective.  The initial meeting will take place on campus; after that, it’s entirely online.

Climatology is the study of climate, or long term trends in the weather or atmospheric conditions.  The study of climate takes into account the temperature and precipitation patterns for a given location (e.g., hot, dry summers) and the factors that determine these patterns (e.g., being situated in the center of the continent, or in the rain-shadow of a mountain range, etc.).  Climatologists also consider changes in global climate conditions over extensive geologic time periods, and model what the future climate might look like.

Dr. Martinez’s course will use electronic resources provided by the American Meteorological Society, including authentic data collected by satellites, weather stations, oceans buoys, and other instrumentation.  This course may be of particular interest to environmental science majors or in-service science teachers who would like to have a more in-depth understanding of climate.  It could also be of interest to any student who would like to know more about the environment, and to understand how it impacts his or her life.  The course has no pre-requisites, so a student need not be a science major to take the course.   

In preparation for the course, Dr. Martinez spent a week in Washington D.C. with a group of college professors from around the nation at a climatology workshop sponsored by the American Meteorological Society  The workshop focused on the development of an online curriculum to assist students in learning about climatology from the Earth System Science approach. The workshop also included a series of talks by leading climate scientists who shared some of the latest information on climate studies.

RAGE helped support Dr. Martinez by providing travel funds to the AMS faculty workshop in Washington D.C. Lee Anne also attended the RAGE online course about online teaching that was offered May. “The RAGE online teaching course was particularly helpful because it got me thinking about how to best deliver the course in an online environment.  I intend to use information learned to make this online course more effective,” Dr. Martinez said.