What is CAMEL?
"CAMEL" is an acronym for Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning. The CAMEL portal is an online resource for college and university faculty that can also be used by other educators, students and interested individuals. CAMEL provides tools for Educators to be able to teach themselves about climate change as well as teach others.
Who funds CAMEL?
CAMEL is a three year collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation, NSF 09-50396 Creating a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change.
When will CAMEL be complete and available for use?
CAMEL will be available for general use in summer 2011. CAMEL will be an ongoing project, as Climate Change is an ongoing threat. The resources will be updated with the latest data and possible options for combating this threat.
(Q) Find specific topics, such as "ecosystem adaptation in China"?
(A) One would use the advanced "search", typing in the key words.
(Q) How do I become a part of this effort? I just want to give you something, not sign my life away.
(A) We invite you to register as a contributor or author or editor. Once you retister and your creditials are approved you could contribute as much or as little as you'd like.
How did this effort get started?
CAMELs origins lie in conversations among members of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Recognizing a need for accessible, useful and valid materials for teaching about climate change at the undergraduate level, CEDD members developed the idea of CAMEL. Funding from the National Science Foundation supports the project, and funding from NASA allowed the development of an initial set of curricular materials.
May I use this material in course materials and copy the images?
Yes, CAMEL is designed for sharing. The materials are open source and available under a "creative commons license". The images are high quality in order to give the best results. All materials should be acknowledged as to creator and source. Please use the materials, provide your comments, and share any modifications you have made by posting your revised materials.
Will other people use my materials if I put them on the site?
Yes, CAMEL is intended as a community effort to build new resources and improve upon existing resources and making them available to the world, incoporating equal access strategies. A community college will have access to the same good science and vetted resources as Ivy League schools.