Now I’m focused on education. But this was not the case, a short time ago.
I had missed a lot this environment, the classroom.
Sometimes I found an oasis in some “classrooms” offshore. But it didn’t make me happy at all.
Education needs time, and calls us to be involved; it has the purpose to transform and develop people’s skills.
Maybe it’s just a dream, but I bet it’s a dream worthy to fight for.
Recently I’ve been on a MOOC course about science writing. English people love that, actually I have this blog because of a MOOC on climate change. Since then, I changed a lot the proposal of this blog, but now I’ll try to write on education and environment.
All, of course, turned to the seaside, as the ocean is my life and my focus. The great mystery of the ocean waters are in a great part “revealed” by science. There are no more reasons to fear it. Now the challenge is to love it, and respect it. This is not an endless pool of water, It’s our main reason to be alive as human’s life are deeply linked to it. In many ways.
I was on the Brazilian Oceanography Congress (very bad translation, lol) held in Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, from november 4th until november 9th.
I had a real good time, as I could meet some friends, make new ones, and get updated on many technical subjects. I’m very glad I’ve had this opportunity.
Left: Praia do Forte and its reefs during low tide, full of colorful fishes and other animals
Right: beautiful view of Salvador City from Ponta do Humaitá
MOOC on Climate Changes. University of Exeter
Here is the map! Mates all over the world. I am represented by this little yellow dot… Right there… Well… One of those in South America, Brazil 🙂
This is the spirit of a MOOC. Thanks Exeter University for the oppotunity.
Best regards, teachers and mates!
In this lesson, Prof. Lenton introduced the climate feedbacks concept.
It made me realise why it ‘s so difficult to understand the climate systems. There are no simple or obviuos effects, nature has its secrets. Global temperature is not governed only by greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere. It is not directly poportional. There are factors that can increase temperature (positive feedback) and, on the other hand, there are factors that dedrease temperature (negative feedback).
As I did’n know about the feedback effects in climate science, I seached for further information. I found an interesting article that I’d like to share with you.
“The Earth’s Changing Climate. Man-Made Changes and Their Consequences”. P.K. Das. RESONANCE. p. 54-65. March 1996.
Here is the pdf: climate change
It adds more information on other feedback mechanisms, including the depletion of ozone COOLING effect, wich was a surprise for me:
“The four principal cooling mechanisms are: (i) ozone depletion in the lower stratosphere, (ii) backscattering and reflection of short wave solar radiation by dust particles and aerosols, especially in the vicinity of sulphur emissions, (iii) clouds and (iv) CO 2 at high altitudes of the atmosphere.”
Best regards, mates! Good luck in your studies!