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The PoLAR Hub
The PoLAR Hub Partner: Stephanie Pfirman- The Earth Institute - Columbia University and Barnard College
The Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR) Hub is a website that provides up-to-date information and resources on climate change at the Arctic and Antarctic poles. Amidst a proliferation of media coverage of climate change - which moves quickly but often misinterprets the underlying scientific research - The PoLAR Hub will...

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Access: Open to all
Released: September 2013

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Water and Climate Education Program
Water and Climate Education Program Partner: Lisa Goddard- The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University
In the Caribbean, most states rely on a single source of water for all domestic, agricultural, and industrial needs. The challenge of managing this limited resource is worsened by variations in precipitation brought on by climate change. Furthermore, the region lacks the skilled water resource and climate risk managers needed...

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Access: Private
Released: April 2013
Virtual Forest Initiative
Virtual Forest Initiative Partner: Black Rock Forest Consortium- The Virtual Forest Initiative provides a technological framework to support and enhance research, education, and community activities at Black Rock Forest. The framework provides searchable, downloadable forest assets and resources for access, presentation, and use by scientists, educators, and community members. As part of the larger Virtual Forest Initiative, CCNMTL...

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Access: Open to all
Revised: March 2013
Released: May 2009

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IRI Remote Sensing
IRI Remote Sensing Partner: Pietro Ceccato, Michael Bell- International Research Institute
IRIS is a website that uses case-based activities to teach students at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University how to use remote sensing techniques to analyze environmental change and solve problems in climate, health, and disaster management. IRIS is used by students in the IRI...

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Access: Open to all
Released: April 2011

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Frontiers of Science Public Repository
Frontiers of Science Public Repository Partner: David Helfand and Darcy Kelley- Columbia College
The Frontiers of Science (FOS) Public Repository is a free resource for college educators seeking materials for undergraduate science instruction. The exemplary teaching materials on the site were generated for use in Columbia University's innovative core course, Frontiers of Science. The project was spearheaded by CCNMTL's faculty partners, professors Darcy...

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Access: Open to all
Released: November 2010

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Global Honors College
Global Honors College Partner: Kevin Griffin- Global Honors College
Global Honors College, an inter-institutional program organized by Waseda University (Tokyo), convenes faculty and undergraduate students from leading universities worldwide to conduct joint, structured, and sustained investigations of enduring and emerging global issues. The Global Honors College selected highly-motivated undergraduate students from nine universities--including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Peking, Korea,...

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Access: Columbia only
Released: June 2010

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Global Master's in Development Practice
Global Master's in Development Practice Partner: Jeffrey Sachs- Earth Institute
The Global Master's in Development Practice (MDP) is a two-year degree providing graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge required to better identify and address the global challenges of sustainable development, such as poverty, population, health, conservation, climate change, and agricultural productivity. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation...

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Access: Private
Released: September 2009

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Brownfield Action 3.0
Brownfield Action 3.0 Partner: Peter Bower- Barnard College
The Brownfield Action simulation is a central component of Professor Peter Bower's Introduction to Environmental Science Course at Barnard College. In this simulation, students are presented with maps, documents, videos, and an extensive network of scientific data to investigate the site of a suspected contaminated land site. They assume the roles of environmental consulting firms contracting with a real estate developer to study the condition of the site and report on the feasibility of commercial construction.

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Access: Private
Revised: August 2007
Released: September 2001

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ELEAblog
ELEAblog Partner: Diane Dittrick- Barnard College
ELEAblog is a student-authored blog site for the Barnard course, Environmental Literature, Ethics, and Action (ELEA), taught by Diane Dittrick, Randall Balmer, and Laura Wright. Students write to their blogs weekly, using the exercise to reflect in a public forum on the environmental stewardship projects they undertake in the course....

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Access: Columbia only
Released: February 2006

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Seminar in Applied Mathematics Wiki
Seminar in Applied Mathematics Wiki Partner: Chris Wiggins- School of Engineering and Applied Science
The Seminar in Applied Mathematics Wiki provides a collaborative work space for students' senior theses. Students enrolled in the course post information on their research interests, add links to resources pertinent to other students' interests, and post presentational materials....

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Access: Private
Released: September 2005

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Black Rock Forest Data Capture and Class Integration
Black Rock Forest Data Capture and Class Integration Partner: Bill Schuster- Arts and Sciences
This project is an NSF-funded initiative to modernize the wireless meteorological network of Black Rock Forest to allow real-time access to data over the Internet for use in Columbia courses. Archived and live data from Black Rock has been incorporated into a web-based graphing tool that allows students in Kevin...

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Released: April 2005
Archived, no longer available.
Frontiers of Science Field Experiment
Frontiers of Science Field Experiment Partner: Don Melnick & James Danoff-Burg- Columbia College
CCNMTL collaborated with the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) to create a PDA-based field experiment activity in NYC parks for the Fall 2004 Frontiers of Science course. 550 students participated in the experiment using Pocket PC's running Fieldworker (http://www.fieldworker.com) software. Working in groups, students were assigned to identify...

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Released: October 2004
Archived, no longer available.
University Lecture: Brian Greene
University Lecture: Brian Greene Partner: Brian Greene- Arts and Sciences
CCNMTL developed a series of films and animations for Brian Greene's fall 2003 University Lecture on string theory....

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Released: November 2003
Archived, no longer available.
Learning the Elements of the Nanoscale Sciences
Learning the Elements of the Nanoscale Sciences Partner: Len Fine, Colin Nuckolls, Bhawani Venkataraman, Stephen O'Brien- Arts and Sciences
Learning the Elements of the Nanoscale Sciences (LENS) is an educational environment designed to illuminate the science behind nanotechnology. A series of interactive modules introduces students in the first-year General Chemistry lecture and lab course to the nanosciences using the example of the developming of lighting technology from the incandescent...

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Access: Private
Released: September 2003

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Seasonal Climate Prediction for Regional Scales
Seasonal Climate Prediction for Regional Scales Partner: M. Neil Ward- International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Students learn to apply global climate forecast models to local environments through an online text, figures, and exercises that use a custom online mapping environment based on GrADS (Grid Analysis and Display System) software developed by the Institute for Global Environment and Society at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies....

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Access: Open to all
Released: August 2003

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IRI Modules on Probability and Decision-Making
IRI Modules on Probability and Decision-Making Partner: David Krantz, Jennifer Phillips- Arts and Sciences
This project helps students study the relationships between probability and decision-making with respect to climate and disaster predictions through the use of several learning modules. These modules provide an active learning environment to supplement lectures in climate science and connect climate science to decision science and hazards risk management....

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Project was deferred.
Frontiers of Science
Frontiers of Science Partner: David Helfand, Darcy Kelley et al.- Columbia College
Originally spearheaded by Professors David Helfand and Darcy Kelley in 2002, a team of 30 faculty and science fellows continue to develop Frontiers of Science, a new science core curriculum course for Columbia College. Students in the course attend lectures from a variety of disciplines including astronomy, biodiversity, neuroscience, and...

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Access: Columbia only
Released: October 2002

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Chemistry Instrument Lab Environment (UDL)
Chemistry Instrument Lab Environment (UDL) Partner: Luis Avila, Susan Scheer- Arts and Sciences
Working with the Office of Disability Services and the Chemistry Department, this website is a prototype which offers an example of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in practice. UDL provides a set of design principles that make websites more accessible to users with disabilities. Page content is displayed using alternate...

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Project was deferred.
Poles Together
Poles Together Partner: Stephanie Pfirman- Barnard College
In this new core curriculum course at Barnard College, students follow the journeys of polar explorers Nansen, Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen by examining journals kept by the exploration teams, images, and other resources. Using a custom, CIESIN-designed, GIS map tool, students access recent data from the poles to compare the...

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Access: Open to all
Released: September 2002

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Seeing the Whole Symphony
Seeing the Whole Symphony Partner: David Helfand- Arts and Sciences
This project presents an aural analogy for understanding the spectrum of observable wavelengths in the universe. It is meant to provide non-science students with an accessible means for understanding how limited an instrument the eye is for astronomical observation....

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Access: Open to all
Released: August 2002

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Responding to Climate Forecasts
Responding to Climate Forecasts Partner: Jennifer Phillips- Arts and Sciences
Responding to Climate Forecasts: Using Scenarios in the Planning Process is a step-by-step guide for using the strategy of scenario building to generate plans based on climate forecasts. Each step includes a short description of the issues you need to consider, the information you need to gather, and where you...

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Released: July 2002
Archived, no longer available.
Impression Formation Study Project
Impression Formation Study Project Partner: Robert Krauss- Arts and Sciences
For use in Robert Krauss' Human Communication course, students use this online database of images and taped interviews to develop psychological surveys, the results of which they use to form an impression analysis. Students choose the characteristics to be rated in their survey, and may modify them each time to...

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Released: May 2002
Archived, no longer available.
Chemistry Library Tutorial
Chemistry Library Tutorial Partner: Jayashri Nagaraja- Arts and Sciences
This tutorial was designed to introduce students to research sources in the field of Chemistry. Students can find direct links to primary sources or information about locations where the materials can be found. There are also a number of exercises that allow students to test their own knowledge about chemistry...

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Access: Open to all
Released: March 2002

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Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology Partner: Lawrence Chasin, Deborah Mowshowitz- Arts and Sciences
This audio-graphic approach to learning molecular and cellular biology allowed students to listen to pre-recorded lectures while viewing a hyperlinked transcript of the material, a course outline, illustrative materials, and relevant sites available online. Text, audio, video, and graphics were integrated into discrete modules with appropriate links to discussion boards...

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Released: November 2001
Archived, no longer available.
Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World
Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World Partner: Marc Levy- Arts and Sciences
This self-paced directed learning environment on sustainability was organized in a conference-style format with perspectives of nine Columbia faculty members associated with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Participants could listen to interviews with these experts and perform exercises in a web-based GIS-tool that contained data from...

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Released: May 2001
Archived, no longer available.