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Webinar: Mapping Earth's Water Cycle - An Educator Event

Updated on September 25, 2014 - 3:09 PM CDT
Posted on September 3, 2014 - 4:01 PM CDT

10/16/2014 (Thu) - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT

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Mapping Earth’s Water Cycle with NASA Scientists – An Online Event for Educators
October 16, 2014, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

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Scientists from two NASA missions will address how their synergistic research helps us to understand Earth's water cycle, including extreme events such as floods.

The presenters will use an online concept map tool for exploring the water cycle. These interactive maps are loaded with educational assets – including images, videos, news items – that webinar participants can freely use for their own educational purposes.


Jorge Vazquez, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
J.T. Reager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JT Reager is a research scientist in the Water and Carbon cycles group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received Bachelors degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a masters degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine.  He is currently using gravity-based observations of water movement across the planet from NASA's GRACE mission to study flood and drought occurence and to measure the strength of the global water cycle.  He's interested in modeling and remote sensing of the Earth system, and implications for society and natural resources management. 
Jorge Vazquez is the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) scientist supporting Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Miami, his masters degree in Oceanography from the university of Rhode Island and his Ph.D in geological sciences from the University of Southern California.  He currently serves as the chair of the Applications and User Services Technical Advisory Group for the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST).  His research interests include applying high resolution SST data to understand   better coastal dynamics. Outside interests include biking, hiking and tennis as well as serving the community through his Rotary Club.

With a background in earth and ocean sciences, Annette has extensive experience in designing, implementing and maintaining online tools and content. She and her team currently manage the NASA Aquarius, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (, and COSEE Ocean Systems websites. They have also conducted 56 webinars using their own concept-mapping software, which was developed to bridge ocean resources with effective education practice. These webinars have reached 2112 people in 48 U.S. states/territories and 28 non-U.S. countries.

Carla Companion is a research associate at the University of Maine (Umaine) working on many different grant-funded projects – including work with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Ocean Systems, NASA Aquarius and SPURS missions, and the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Prior to joining the UMaine School of Marine Sciences, she earned her MS in Environmental Studies/Environmental Education from Antioch University New England and her B.S. in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to helping run Scientist-Educator Collaborative workshops and other projects, she has helps to facilitate webinars featuring ocean scientists and to inform development of concept mapping â€‹software.