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Educational Materials

2003  

  • "Building a Portable Classroom: Teaching in the Amazon"

    In order to teach and overcome basic infrastructure problems for teaching and training in the Amazonian settings, this team developed a "portable classroom" system which is composed of 13 notebooks, a multimedia projector and other teaching devices that can be easily carried.

    The system has been used to teach the 40-hour course "Dynamics of the Environmental Systems" which focuses on the fundamentals of modeling on environmental systems using simple modeling tools.

    The course is organized in 6 modules:

    1. Introduction
    2. System Dynamics
    3. Biological System
    4. Carbon Cycle
    5. Climate System
    6. Hydrological System

    It also addresses major global environmental transitions and the equations that best represent the dynamic of the selected systems.

    Contact:Dr. Marcos Heil Costa (Universidade Federal de Viçosa)

2004  

  • "The Atlas of the Biosphere"

    The Atlas of the Biosphere is an innovative online resource where students, educators, business leaders, and invironmental organizations can access and download state-of-the-art scientific data, images, and maps pertaining to human activities and the global environment.

    A new Atlas of Amazonia website (in Portuguese, Spanish and English), highlighting environmental information, is under development by this team.

Formal Training

2004  

  • Aquatic-terrestrial carbon cycling

    Erika Akiko Howard is engaged in doctoral studies focusing on aquatic-terrestrial carbon studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She works under the supervision of Drs. Jon Foley (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Marcos Costa (Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil), and Michael Coe (Woods Hole Research Center).

Information Dissemination in Popular Media

2003  

  • Ação Ambiental, a bi-monthly newsletter of the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Brazil

    In 2002, Dr. Marcos H. Costa published an article on this science magazine featuring LBA research - its accomplishments and challenges.

Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences

2000  

  • Ecosystem Modeling

    Short course taught by Dr. Marcos Costa at CPTEC/INPE, in July 2000.

2001  

  • Long-term Simulations of Discharge and Floods in the Amazon Basin

    Paper written by Michael T. Coe, Marcos H. Costa, A. Botta, and C. Birkett and presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.

2004  

  • Modeling of Environmental Systems Dynamics

    As of December 2004, five courses on modeling had been taught using the "Portable Computer Classroom System" in various universities, most of them in the Amazon region:

    • Inpa, Manaus, 22 students;
    • Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, 22 students;
    • Federal University of Acre (UFAC), Rio Branco, 14 students;
    • Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), Ji-Paraná, 12 students;
    • Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), 13 students.

    A total of 83 students were trained. One more course is planned to be taught in 2005 at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Belém.

  • Vegetation dynamics in the context of climate models

    Course taught at CPTEC, Cachoeira Paulista, as part of the LC-04 group efforts to train new scientists in vegetation-climate interaction modelling.


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