The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team’s Global Change, Local Impact webinar series is now available on iTunes U as a course called “Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes.” Within its first week, the collection of 40+ presentations on climate research, adaptation and education was featured by Apple and has reached spot 27 on the list of iTunes U Top Courses.
“Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes” features researchers, government officials and private sector representatives from across the United States. The speakers cover topics ranging from the newest research on the impacts of climate change on wildlife and public health to new methods of mitigating and adapting to climate change for local communities. Ohio Sea Grant, who is leading the webinar series and iTunes U efforts, will continue to update the course as new presentations are added to the series.
The course can be accessed at go.osu.edu/itunesclimate or by searching for the course title in the iTunes U catalog. In just two weeks since its launch, it has been visited almost 23,000 times, and has garnered more than 2,500 subscribers.
“Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes” includes webinar recordings, transcripts and supplemental materials like PowerPoint slides for more than 40 webinars previously published on changingclimate.osu.edu and greatlakesclimate.com. Materials can be streamed and read online, or they can be downloaded to a user’s device for later viewing.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University – Ohio Sea Grant, the Office of Research, OSU Extension, the School of Environment & Natural Resources, the Extension Watershed Program, Byrd Polar Research Center, the Department of Geography, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, the Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, the Office of Energy and Environment, and the Carbon, Water & Climate Program – to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. The Ohio State University, NOAA, National Sea Grant College Program, Great Lakes Water Resources Program and the Ohio Supercomputer Center have sponsored the series since its start in 2009. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.
“iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums and organizations helping educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for iOS users around the world,” according to an Apple press release. iTunes is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.