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Aag abstract Climate_scope

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  • 1. CLIMATE SCOPE: a Google Earth® mash-up to communicate the physical and socialdimension of climate changeAlfonso Crisci1, Ramona Magno1, Valerio Capecchi2, Valentina Grasso11 Institute of Biometeorology, National Research Council. Via Giovanni Caproni 8, 50145 ,Firenze, Italy. phone: + 39 055 30337012LaMMa consortium - Laboratory for Meteorology and Enviromental modelling - CNR RegioneToscana . Via Madonna del Piano, 10, 50019 Sesto F.no, Florence, Italy, phone: + 39 055 4483045A Google Earth engine tool based on Thematic Mapping API® library, Climate Scope, has beendeveloped for educational purpose inside R.A.C.E.S EU LIFE project - Raising Awareness onClimate and Energy Savings. The operative goal of the initiative, leaded by Institute ofBiometeorology (IBIMET CNR) is to use a powerful geographic environment to communicate thephysical and social dimension of climate change, the global and local level, inviting the projectparticipants to became information producer. The Google Earth mash-up inside the project’s webpages shows scientific climatic and environmental global themes, available on the internet and oftenin real time view, and local information from the cities involved in the project. Climate Scope wasproposed also to teachers of secondary school (14-19 years’old students) to be used for scienceeducation as a powerful tool capable to present climate change as global, real, happening now, withdifferent impacts on natural and social environments. Climate Scope was conceived to enhancevisual communication and to propose a participative approach that use the geo-environment as thecognitive frame to share the issues of climate change. A true invitation to users to became“observer, researcher and producer” of local information integrating climatic data with social onesand publish it quickly. Geo Web 2.0 application offer great opportunities to strengthen thecollaboration between scientist and students who became “volunteered geographic information”producers.Keywords: temporal, climate change, Google Earth, education, communication

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