COSEE-OS Hosts Scientist / Educator Workshop at JPL - 06.06.2011

Aquarius satellite
On June 3-4, 2011, COSEE-OS hosted a scientist/educator workshop at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in advance of the June 9, 2011 launch of Aquarius. This workshop featured eminent NASA scientists who worked collaboratively with educators to examine connections between the water cycle, ocean circulation, climate and sea surface salinity. The scientist/educator teams developed concept maps to enable effective communication of these connections. On Day 2, the educators toured the JPL facility, heard from Yi Chao (Aquarius Project Scientist), and conducted "hands on" activities that support workshop themes.

This workshop was based on a series of COSEE-OS workshops that team researchers and educators to better communicate scientific content.

Aquarius will employ advanced technologies to make NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean salinity across the globe - an important observation for ocean and climate studies. From 650 kilometers (400 miles) above Earth's surface, Aquarius will detect changes in ocean salinity as small as a "pinch" of salt in a gallon of water.

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