Seventh International Conference on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education
3-7 July 2006, Boulder, Colorado, USA
The Seventh International Conference on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education (EWOC 2006) will be hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and co-sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the European Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society, the World Meteorological Organization and other meteorological and oceanographic societies from around the globe.
* EWOC = Education: Weather, Oceans, Climate
The focus of this conference will be on education and outreach initiatives pertaining to weather, ocean and climate. Possible topics for sessions include:
- The role of learned societies in educational outreach
- Enhancing public awareness of meteorology and oceanography through the media
- Teacher training
- Business and education partnerships for meteorology and oceanography
- Student-centered educational programs
- Cyberinfrastructure and computer-based learning for meteorology and oceanography
- Science, society and schools
- Education and outreach for the coastal and marine environment
- Indigenous perspectives of weather, climate and oceans
- Promoting diversity and enhancing the involvement of under-represented groups in meteorology and oceanography
- Informal education for meteorology and oceanography
- International education programs and collaborations.
Workshops and demonstrations on meteorological and oceanographic topics which feature hands-on activities for the classroom will be included in the program.
Papers for both oral and poster presentation are solicited. Workshops featuring hands-on activities for the classroom will be included in the program. Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by 28 February 2006. For more information, please see Call for Papers.
Registration fee $350.
Includes conference a dinner and entertainment at the NCAR Mesa Lab on Monday evening, July 3; all sessions, coffee breaks, and luncheons on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 3, 5, 6, and 7, and a poster session on the morning of July 4.
Two European Meteorological Society Student/Young Scientist Travel Awards, 350 Euro each
Two European Meteorological Society Student/Young Scientist Travel Awards, 350 Euro each The EMS is supporting young European scientists by a number of Young Scientist Travel Awards (YSTA) per year. As in the years before, for 2006, the EMS Council and the EMS Awards Committee have decided that a number of YSTAs will be presented at several conferences. The Award winners will be selected jointly by the Scientific Committees of each conference and the EMS Awards Committee.
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Boulder Millennium Harvest Hotel
1345 Twenty-Eighth Street
Boulder, CO, USA 80302-6899
Tel: (303) 443.3850 Fax: (303) 443-1480
Reservation: +1 (866) 866-8086
$93.00 per night double and single plus 10.25% occupancy tax
Online reservations: Millennium Harvest House -UCAR EWOC 2006 Conference
If you have any questions, please call the Hotel’s in-house reservation department Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 8:00pm (1-800-545-6285).
Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites
$84.99 single and double occupancy, $94.99 for 3 or 4 per room, plus 10.25% occupancy tax
800 28th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80303
fax 303 443-0397
When making a reservation, please identify yourself as “EWOC/UCAR conference participant.”
Williams Village Residence Hall
University of Colorado
500 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80310
Fee for 5 nights and 5 breakfasts (includes all applicable taxes and charges): Single Room (1 person) $356.04 per person; Double Room (2 persons) $212.72 per person.
Download .doc registration form and fax or email completed form to: email@example.com or fax # (303) 492-5959.
Shuttles Between Hotels and Meeting Spaces
Daily shuttle service will be provided between the UCAR Center Green Campus and lodging facilities listed on the conference web site.
Travel to Boulder
- Air: Denver International Airport (DIA) is an international hub for air transportation. It is located 40 miles, less than am hour’s drive, from Boulder, Ground transportation options include the RTD buses, airport shuttles, and rental cars.
- Train: AMTRAK provides service to Denver’s Union Station. A two block walk with bring you to the RTD’s Market Street Station where there is frequent bus service to Boulder.
- Auto: Major car rental agencies are located at DIA. There is no charge to park a car at the conference hotels. There is a weekly parking fee (currently $20) for those staying at the University of Colorado Williams Village residence halls. A permit can be arranged at the University upon your arrival.
- Shuttle van: Ground transportation is provided on an hourly schedule between Denver International Airport and Boulder by Supershuttle (http://www.yellowtrans.com). The shuttle cost is currently $38per person round trip, assuming drop off and pick up at one of the conference hotels or the University of Colorado Williams Village residence halls. To check the schedule and make reservations call Boulder Supershuttle (303) 227-0000. Shuttle drivers accept payment in cash, travelers checks, and major credit cards.
- Bus: The Regional Transportation District (RTD) (www.rtd-denver.com) provides excellent bus service between Denver International Airport and Boulder (about a one hour trip) every day of the week. Depending on whether your luggage comes to baggage claim in the East or the West Terminal, you will need to check to see when you arrive where you should meet the bus. If you wish to take the bus to Boulder from downtown Denver, it can be boarded at the Market Street station located just two blocks east of Union Station on 16th Street. The RTD schedule for buses between Boulder and Denver can be accessed by calling (800) 366-7433 or accessing the RTD web site. The current fare is $10.00 one way. You should get off the RTD bus at the Boulder Foothills Park and Ride. A short tax ride will bring you to your lodging.
Taxi Cab: Taxis serving the Boulder/Denver area include: Yellow Cab (303) 777-7777 and Metro Taxi (303) 333-3333.
Boulder is a small city with a population of 100,000 people, with the addition of about 30,000 university students. It is located at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,672 m), at the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains (known as Colorado’s “Front Range”). It is the home of the University of Colorado (www.colorado.edu), Naropa University (www.naropa.edu), and several federal-funded research laboratories, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR:www.ucar.edu), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA- www.noaa.gov),and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST- www.nist.gov).
The weather forecast for a summer day in Boulder is frequently “clear to partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers.” Air temperature can range from the 50’s to 100 degrees F, and it can cool quickly after sunset. Therefore, bring a sweater to ensure your comfort in air-conditioned rooms and a rain jacket, in case there is a shower. Casual dress is always appropriate in Boulder.
Extensive city and mountain parks, scenic vistas and close proximity to remarkable naturallandscapes and wildlife, make Boulder a perfect place to enjoy outdoor recreation. Hotelaccommodations are immediately accessible to miles of hiking/biking/rollerblading trails thatconnect to excellent shopping and dining spots, including the Pearl Street Mall. Boulder is the summer home of the University of Colorado (CU) Shakespeare Festival(www.coloradoshakes.org/), the Colorado Music Festival (www.coloradomusicfest.org/), the Colorado Chautauqua Association (www.chautauqua.com/programs.html), and a magnificent, free-to-the public, 4th of July fireworks celebration at the CU stadium.
Field Trips and Outings
July 4 BBQ Luncheon
On the grounds of the Millennium Harvest Hotel
Weather, Flash Floods, and Natural History on the East Slope of the Colorado Rocky
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 7 AM - 7 PM
Fee: $75 includes bus transportation, entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, picnic
lunch, and snacks. Meet in the lobby of the Millennium Hotel at 7 AM.
Description: This full day field trip will feature dramatic geology, mountain vistas, weather
stories, and wildlife viewing. Although this trip explores the sites of historic Colorado flash floods, it has important lessons for all areas... mountains or plains, rural or urban, East, West, North , and South. Field trip participants will learn about the power of water, the safety issues, and the sudden onset of a flash flood deluge. With this information, science educators can better understand why floods are among the deadliest weather phenomena in the world and how we can work to change that statistic. The route explores the sites and circumstances of three
devastating flash floods that have occurred on the eastern slope of the Colorado Rocky
Mountains in during the month of July over the past three decades. We will retrace the path
of floodwaters that destroyed lives and property in the City of Ft Collins on the evening of
July 28, 1997. Flood control structures will be assessed that are common in cities around the
world. We then leave the eastern plains to enter the dramatic Big Thompson River Canyon
where a wall of flash flood waters killed 145 people who were camping and living there on
the night of July 31, 1976. We will discuss features of the rebuilt highway through the “Narrows,” visit the ruins of a power plant, and observe other evidence of this disaster.
Pausing on the shores of Lake Estes, we will admire the surrounding mountain ranges of
Rocky Mountain National Park and the architecture of the Stanley Hotel, before proceeding
into the Park to the final flood site. Here we will walk on a massive alluvial fan deposited on
the valley floor by waters released from Lawn Lake located at 11,000 ft (3385 m) where an
earthen dam failed on the morning of July 15, 1982. There will be time to enjoy beautiful
waterfalls above the alluvial fan, and if time and weather permits, we will drive to the alpine
tundra on Trail Ridge Road before returning to Boulder. Wildlife viewing should include elk
and mule deer with the possibility of seeing bighorn sheep, yellow-bellied marmots, and
many mountain birds. Early July is the peak time for enjoying mountain wildflowers.
Field Trip Leader: Matt Kelsch has lived in Boulder since 1986. He is currently with UCAR’s
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) where
he coordinates and serves as an instructor for hydrology-related courses. He has also worked
in mesoscale meteorology, emergency management, aviation weather, and winter weather.
Matt’s interests include communicating weather and climate phenomena to the media and
the public, the impacts of land use on hydrologic responses, climate change, and
environmental protection. He is the cooperative climate observer for Boulder, helping to
train several hundred volunteer precipitation observers in Colorado’s Community
Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network. Matt is a media contact who
receives local to national exposure. In 2005 he was interviewed or quoted by the National
Institutes of Health, National Public Radio, CNN, the Associated Press, and National
Geographic. He has an M.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S.
from the State University of New York at Oswego. As a Long Island, NY native Matt was
always rooting for the blizzards and hurricanes that were headed his way, and though
wishing it rained more in Boulder, he enjoys the area’s windstorms, snowstorms, lightning,
and spectacular rainbows. Matt is an avid hiker, gardener, and bicycle commuter who makes
a point of rescuing older dogs that need a place to call home.
Evening Field Trip
The Story Rocks Tell – Hiking Table Mesa to the Flatirons - ($20 –
Limited to 14)
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 9:30 PM, Meet in the lobby of the Millennium
Description: The hiking trail from NCAR Mesa Lab to the Flatirons
presents exceptional views of the eastern plains as well as opportunities
to explore the geological history of the Rock Mountains. We
will traverse rock units from about 300-80 million years old. The
oldest rocks record the uplift of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains.
The rocks also tell the story of the complete erosion (removal) of
this ancient mountain range, eventual flooding of Colorado by an
inland sea, and the uplift of the present Rocky Mountains (64-40
million years ago). This field trip will focus on interpretation of the
ancient environments and past climates preserved in the rocks
along the trail. Sturdy shoes/hiking boots are recommended. Carry
a quart or liter of drinking water. The trail has some steep,
switchback portions and is about 2 1/2 miles round trip.
Field Trip Leader: Dr. Sue Hirschfeld is a retired Professor of Geological Sciences from
California State University, East Bay. She received her BS in Biology in 1963, her MS in
Geology in 1965 from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Vertebrate Paleontology in
1971 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research specialty was the Hayward
fault and earthquake hazards in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her concentration on
emergency preparedness resulted in production of several educational videotapes including “Academic Aftershocks” (a documentary on the impact of the 1994 Northridge
earthquake on California State University, Northridge and the long-term recovery process).
Sue now lives in Boulder, Colorado. She volunteers as a naturalist for the City and County
of Boulder, where she presents programs and field trips on local geology, and also serves
as Outreach Chair for the Colorado Scientific Society. She loves birding, hiking, and
Evening Field Trip
In Search of Pleistocene-Relict Plant Communities and Associated Wildlife in the
Boulder Mountain Park (Limited to 14)
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 9:30 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Millennium Hotel.
Description: Cool, moist canyons in the Boulder Mountain Park shelter plant communities
found nowhere else in the southern Rockies. Small groves of paper birch and mountain ash
suggest how local forests might have looked 12,000 years ago. Ten species of wild orchid
bloom in these canyons, along with wood lilies, Colorado columbines, shooting stars, dwarf
raspberries, and wild sarsaparilla. Our two-mile hike will take us into the lushest of these
canyons, an enchanting refuge from the heat of July. Steve Jones will describe how these
forest communities survived 10,000 years of climate change as he also points out wildflowers
and wildlife of special interest. Carry drinking water. The trail is moderately strenuous.
Field Trip Leader: Steve Jones is author of The Last Prairie, a Sandhills Journal and Owls of
Boulder County, and co-author of The Shortgrass Prairie, Colorado Nature Almanac, and
the recently published Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie. Recognized by
the National Wildlife Federation as “one of ten volunteers who make a difference,” Steve
organized the first small owl and wintering raptor surveys in Colorado and helped plan and
carry out the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. His consulting work includes more than a
dozen breeding bird studies for city, county, and state open space programs. He has led
field trips and taught nature classes for 25 years, and he taught in the Boulder Valley Public
Schools for 33 years.
Evening Field Trip
Colorado Mining History Field trip to Jamestown, Colorado ($20 – Limited to
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 9:30 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Millennium Hotel.
Description: An early evening field trip to the historic Jamestown, Colorado (elevation 6929
ft, 2132 m), provides a glimpse of the past and present affects on the James Creek Watershed
resulting from Colorado’s mining heritage. We will explore the legacy of past mining
for gold and fluorite and related water quality issues in this foothill community of 200
residents which relies on a pristine mountain stream for its drinking water. A twilight visit
to an abandoned mine will reveal fascinating aspects of the animal, vegetable, and mineral
world seen only with portable ultraviolet lights. Should its hours of business align with the
field trip, the itinerary will include a stop at the Jamestown Mercantile Store (know locally
as “the Merc”), where locals enjoy swapping tales over simple meals, beverages, and live
music. (The field trip fee does not include food or beverages purchased at the Merc.). This
field trip is not strenuous.
Field Trip Leader: Dr. Peter J. Modreski is a geochemist with the U.S. Geological Survey,
Lakewood, Colorado. Pete is responsible for public communications and educational
outreach for the USGS, and is the USGS geologic resource specialist for gemstones,
abrasives, quartz, beryllium, cesium, and rubidium. His interests include mineralogy,
Colorado geology, ore deposits, alkaline igneous rocks, luminescence, volcanoes, caves,
hiking, and photography. Pete is a co-author of Minerals of Colorado (1997), an Executive
Editor of Rocks & Minerals magazine, and a Research Associate with the Denver
Museum of Nature and Science, Department of Earth Sciences.
Evening Field Trip
Come Join Us for a Night Under the Stars! (No fee)
Thursday, July 6, 9 – 11 PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory, University of Colorado. Meet at
8:45 PM in the lobby of the Millennium Hotel for the short walk to the Observatory
Description: Spend an evening exploring the Colorado skies at the Sommers-Bausch
Observatory (SBO) on the campus of the University of Colorado here in Boulder. Dennis
and Cheryl Ward, staff astronomers, will be your guide for the evening. Weather permitting,
you will observe the Moon, Jupiter, & Pluto, as well as other deep sky wonders using
the 16- and 18-inch research-grade telescopes on the observing deck. You will also have
the opportunity to tour the dome housing the 24-inch telescope. We will gather at the
observatory at 9 pm to enjoy the end of the Boulder sunset and watch the stars come out,
and will observe until approximately 11pm.
Field Trip Leaders: Dennis Ward has been a staff astronomer at Sommers-Bausch Observatory
(SBO) for 11 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Astronomy from Swinburne
University in Melbourne, Australia. His interests include astronomical education, archaeoastronomy,
and observational techniques. Dennis is an Educational Technologist with the
UCAR Office of Education and Outreach. Cheryl Ward is an accomplished amateur
astronomer who, with Dennis, has been hosting public viewing sessions at SBO for 11
years. Her interests include astrophotography and comet-hunting. She holds an MBA and is
a Certified Public Accountant. She serves as an Accounting Supervisor at Denver Water.
For further information, please contact the program co-chairperson: David R. Smith, Oceanography Department, United States Naval Academy, 572M Holloway Road, Annapolis, MD 21402 (tel. 410-293-6553; fax 410-293-2137; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). ( 02/01/05). Local organizing committee coordinator: Susan Q. Foster, UCAR Office of Education and Outreach, PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307 (tel. 303-497-2595; fax 303-497-2598; email: email@example.com) .