Title

An Education Package for High School Students on Climate Variabilities of the Pacific Ocean and Their Effect on the California Current Ecosystem

Date of Award

8-26-2006

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

California Current.; Climate; Climate Change; Climatic changes -- California.; Education; El Nino; El Ni̱o Current.; Environment; Global Warming; Long Term Warming; Marine ecology -- California -- Pacific Coast.; Ocean; Pacific Decadal Oscillation

Abstract

Changes in the earth's climate affect our natural resources. Debate over the cause and extent of these climate changes has stunted our government's ability to enact sound environmental policies. To move public policy forward, the public must become better educated about scientific research into climate changes and their affects. Three main climate variabilities occur off the U.S. west coast. The development of an education package on the climate variabilities in the Pacific Ocean and their effect on the Southern California Current ecosystem will allow a more educated public debate on climate change policies by increasing the public's awareness about the affects of climate changes on our environment.

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