Climate Change Research Initiative

The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement and Experiential Learning Opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project hosted at either the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, NY, or the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who lead in-service high school STEM educators and graduate student research assistants to become immersed in a NASA science research area related to climate change.

Educators participating in this opportunity become Associate Researchers and STEM education experts who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

Participating high school STEM educators contribute to the research project, assist in the development of a research question and assist in guiding the research team to complete all program deliverables. Educators also develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Portfolio that integrates components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources aligning NASA Science and STEM curricula to the Next Generation Science Standards. The teachers will then incorporate the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators' primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school sites.

For graduate student research assistants, this opportunity will not conflict with class schedules during the fall and spring. It is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student's major area of study.

During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The entire team will work collaboratively on a full-time basis to complete the research project, deliver presentations, create a scientific poster and a publishable research paper that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and other science conferences and symposiums. The final symposium may have participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and many others.


CCRI Autumn 2022-Summer 2023

Research opportunities for educators, grad students, and interns during Autumn 2022 through Summer 2023 include the following projects:

  • Volcanic Emission Impacts on Climate Systems, Agriculture and Society (GISS)
  • Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present, and Future (GISS)
  • Characterizing the Urban Land Surface Temperature via an Innovative, Multi-Platformed Suite of Satellite and Ground-Based Remote Sensing Technologies (GISS)
  • Monitoring and Studying Lakes from Space in a Changing Climate (GISS)
  • Connecting the Local Urban Fabric to Global Climate Change (GSFC)
  • SnowEx and Understanding the Role of Snow and Measurements (GSFC)

Detailed descriptions of the these projections are available here.

Education Award Stipend

Team Member Stipend Fall Spring Summer
Teachers/Assoc. Researcher $7,650 5 hr/week 5 hr/wk 40 hr/wk
Graduate Student Research Asst. $11,700 10 hr/week 10 hr/wk 40 hr/wk
Undergraduate Intern $5,840 - - 40 hr/wk
High School Intern $2,400 - - 40 hr/wk

Program Schedule

  • Fall: 10/17/22-12/23/22: (part time: 10 weeks)
  • Intersession Period: 12/24/22-1/29/23
  • Spring: 01/30/23–04/07/23: (part time: 10 weeks)
  • Intersession Period: 4/8/23-6/18/23
  • Summer: 06/19/23-08/11/23: (full time: 6-8 weeks)

How to Apply

CCRI applicants must be US citizens. Housing, relocation and travel expenses are not provided. Teachers, graduate students and interns whose locality is regional to the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, NY, oe NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, are encouraged to apply. Applications are considered upon receipt.

Please address all questions regarding these opportunities to Matthew Pearce.

The deadline for educators and graduate students to apply for the CCRI 2022-2023 program has been extended to Oct. 6, 2022.

The application deadline for Summer 2023 CCRI high school and undergraduate internship opportunities will be March 1st, 2023.

Educators and graduate students should submit their cover letter and application materials to our Box Account after reviewing the application instructions below.

Instructions on applying for Summer 2023 Summer internships will be posted in late 2022 or early 2023.

Additional Requirements

Upon submission of your application please e-mail Matthew Pearce to confirm receipt of your application.

Educators:
Teachers applying for CCRI should submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts. The cover letter should also include:

  • A description of how participating in CCRI will benefit your students, school and community.
  • Description of IT and programing skills indicating a self-proficiency ranking.
  • Rank in order of preference the projects that the teacher would like to apply to and be considered for.

Graduate Students:
Graduate Student Research Assistants applying for CCRI should submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts. The cover letter should also include:

  • A description of how participating in CCRI aligns with your current degree program and anticipated graduation date.
  • Description of IT and program skills indicating a self-proficiency ranking.
  • Rank in order of preference the projects that the graduate student would like to apply to and be considered for.

Other Internships
GISS internship opportunities for high school and college students that are not part of the CCRI program will be posted on our general internships info page.

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CCRI Education Products

Dulaney, N., 2018: Earth's Energy Budgets. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (16.8 MB PDF)

Dulaney, N., 2019: Future Temperature Projections. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (7.3 MB PDF)

Dulaney, N., 2021: Changes in Climate and Wildfires. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (5.0 MB PDF)

Mundo, A., 2021: Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (9.2 MB PDF)

Sebastian, E., C., 2020: The Heat is On: Urban Heat Islands, Detection Strategies, and Mitigation Solutions. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (5.1 MB PDF)

Wang-Mondaca, C., 2019: Wetlands. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (7.9 MB PDF)

Wang-Mondaca, C., 2021: Blue Carbon: Bringing Field Research and ArcGIS Mapping to the High School Classroom. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio. (2.6 MB PDF)

CCRI Research Products

Chui, A.C., A. Gittelson, E. Sebastian, N. Stamler, and S. Gaffin, 2018: Urban heat islands and cooler infrastructure — Measuring near-surface temperatures with hand-held infrared cameras. Urban Clim., 24, 51-62, doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2017.12.009.

Jakubowski, H.V., N. Bock, L. Busta, M. Pearce, R.L. Roston, Z.D. Shomo, and C.R. Terrell, 2021: Introducing climate change into the biochemistry and molecular biology curriculum. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ., 49, no. 2, 167-188, doi:10.1002/bmb.21422.

McConnell, K., C. Braneon, E. Glenn, N. Stamler, E. Mallen, D.P. John, R. Pandya, J. Abramowitz, G. Fernandez, and C. Rosenzweig, 2022: A quasi-experimental approach for evaluating the heat mitigation effects of green roofs in Chicago, Illinois. Sustain. Cities Soc., 76, 103376, doi:10.1016/j.scs.2021.103376.

Pace, G., D. Peteet, M. Dunton, C. Wang-Mondaca, S. Ismail, J. Supino, and J. Nichols, 2021: Importance of quantifying the full-depth carbon reservoir of Jamaica Bay Salt Marshes, New York. City Environ. Interact., 12, 100073, doi:10.1016/j.cacint.2021.100073.

Peteet, D.M., J. Nichols, T. Kenna, C. Chang, J. Browne, M. Reza, S. Kovari, L. Liberman, and S. Stern-Protz, 2018: Sediment starvation destroys New York City marshes' resistance to sea level rise. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 115, no. 41, 10281-10286, doi:10.1073/pnas.1715392115.

Contact

Please address all inquiries about the GISS Climate Change Research Initiative to:

Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov