Initiatives and Tools
International City/County Management Association — An organization that facilitates partnerships among local governments around the globe. Many links to NGO and local-government sustainability initiatives.
NASA Earth Observatory — Articles and photos on a variety of topics exemplifying the ways in which human activities and climates interact.
National Climate Assessment — This section, on human-health impacts, covers most of the topics of particular relevance to urban areas, including changes in extremes, diseases, and pollution.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit — Many links to user-friendly maps, charts, and interactive tools falling under the broad heading of 'climate resilience', and providing information on historical data, projections, and social impacts at national, regional, and local scales. Particularly applicable to urban climatology are the Cities, Impacts, and Adaptation Tool; the Local Climate Analysis Tool (requires a free account at the National Weather Service); the National Climate Change Viewer; and NOAA's Weather and Climate Toolkit.
C40 Cities — An international organization of large cities sharing climate-change adaptation research and practices, in the belief that cities are at the leading edge of climate exposure and vulnerability.
Center for Urban Resilience — A center focusing on the urban ecology of cities with Mediterranean climates (and Los Angeles in particular).
International Association for Urban Climate — A broad-based organization that issues The Urban Climate News and sponsors workshops.
Teaching Mistakes — Professors look back at things they wish they had done differently but nonetheless learned from.
Small Teaching — A handy listing of teaching 'tweaks' that take only a minute's effort and pay disproportionate dividends in terms of student learning.
Labs Using the Scientific Method — An example of revising an undergraduate-level lab course to make it more inquiry-driven.
Scientific Thoughtfulness — A treatise on what kinds of habits of mind make a good scientist, and how the development of these can be facilitated.
Peer Discussion — The benefits nonpareil of peer discussion on student performance.
Bloom's Taxonomy Questions — Examples of the kinds of questions that fall into the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
Presentation Checklist — Criteria that should be met in every good scientific slide-based presentation.
Dead Ideas — The author questions three different types of assumptions that she believes are shortchanging both the teachers who hold them and the students whom they teach.
Reducing Cognitive Overload — Definition of "cognitive overload" and nine ways to combat it.
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