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Remote-Sensing Curriculum for Evaluating Change at Cape Cod National Seashore

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Nancy Finley, naturalist at the CCNS, providing an overview of the remote-sensing-curriculum project to meeting participants
Nancy Finley, naturalist at the CCNS, providing an overview of the remote-sensing-curriculum project to meeting participants. VeeAnn Cross (USGS) is seated on the far right. Anne Smrcina, outreach coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, is across the table from VeeAnn. Photograph by Barbara Dougan, National Park Service.
Beth Schwarzman, liaison to schools for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC), suggested that VeeAnn Cross and Chris Polloni might represent the USGS on a remote-sensing project between the National Park Service's Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project goal is to develop high-school-level curriculum material in which remotely sensed data are used to evaluate change in Cape Cod's coastal ecosystems and to determine how this change relates to global issues. The CCNS is looking for partners to participate through the 2-year grant period that has been established.

One of the first steps was to have a group of remote-sensing specialists and users meet with CCNS representatives to help them establish the focus-and-development stage of the project. VeeAnn and Chris attended this meeting on Thursday, September 26, at Cape Cod National Seashore's headquarters building in South Wellfleet, MA. They traveled to the meeting with Tom Stone (Woods Hole Research Center remote-sensing specialist) and Kate Madin (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution curriculum specialist) and joined 16 other invited attendees.

The following week, CCNS brought in 20 teachers to provide ideas and suggestions for developing school curriculums. At this stage, the level of USGS involvement is unclear. The WHFC's activity may be limited to an advisory role in the focus-and-development stage. Barbara Dougan, education coordinator, and Nancy Finley, naturalist, both from CCNS, organized and moderated the meeting and are the CCNS contacts for further information. Nancy announced that the contracts for the pending construction of the Atlantic Learning Center had been awarded. These contracts are for:

  1. designing the restoration of two buildings at the former North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod,
  2. interior demolition,
  3. a wet/dry laboratory for visiting researchers, and
  4. an educational classroom facility.

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Woods Hole Field Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole, MA
Cape Cod National Seashore
U.S. National Park Service
Teaching Earth Science
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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