My personal learning network this semester

I started my PLN last semester when I joined my IDS intro class. At first I didn’t know what it was or how it could benefit me. When I first started it I thought that I should use Twitter to connect to businesses and other public pages that had a reflection of my interests. This included Twitter pages such as the National Weather Service, NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Weather Channel and many more pages that post about weather, climate change and earth sciences.

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Last semester, the main focus of my PLN was to share information that was on Twitter that involved examples of climate change and show what is happening around the world that involves the effects of climate change. Last semester my main focus was the cyclones in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. There were several major hurricanes that made landfall in the Caribbean Islands and in the South East United States such as Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. There was a lot of destruction from hurricanes and I was able to share a lot of things related to the warnings of the hurricanes, the doppler radar that was tracking the storms , the path of the storms and then of course the aftermath from these storms.

However during winter, I didn’t share much about hurricanes since it was not hurricane season, but i did share a lot about the winter storms that hit us during the winter season. It seemed like not only were the hurricanes in the Atlantic getting stronger, causing more rainfall and leaving more communities destroyed. The winter storms seemed to get more intense as well. There were snow storms almost every week in February and March and this caused a lot of snow fall and problems with travel that resulted in power loss, road collisions and made for hazardous conditions for people outside.

As someone who studies how to implement early warning systems and ways to warn people before storms and other weather events happen, I decided that I would want to help scientists by warning people before these storms made landfall and caused damage. I would normally try to share the snowfall forecast so that people would be able to see which areas of the north east would get the most amount of snowfall. Unfortunately this season was very active and caused a lot of power outages and accidents all around New England. I communicated to others about these storms on social media because it was the easiest way for people to be warned and decide whether or not it would be too hazardous to go to work or school.

I was also able to share a few things about what is happening in other parts of the world. Not only would this be about storms that hit local areas, but also different events that were happening that could have a bad impact in the future.  In this post I was able to watch a video about how the Antarctic ice sheet was moving and melting. This was interesting video because it led to some insight that may explain why the sea ice is melting because it shows how fast parts of the ice sheets are moving and the faster they move, the faster they can move away from the ice sheets, break off from the ice sheets and then melt in the ocean as they move away. I thought it would be interesting to share because it could get people thinking about why this happens and what will happen if this continues to be the trend in the future.

I plan to keep using my personal learning network after I graduate to help keep others updated on different weather events, advancements in science and other related topics.

This was a post that I re-tweeted from NOAA’s satellites page which showed a satellite image from the storm that covered the NorthEast and brought heavy snow and rain to different parts of the region. This was one that I wanted to re-tweet because I thought it was an amazing gif that gave a good time lapse of the storm so that people would be able to see just how massive the Nor’easter was which would give them an understanding of why it caused the heavy rainfall and snowfall and why it caused so much destruction in the area. 

This one I decided to re-tweet because it was a very well written article explaining why the arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world. I was hoping others would look at this article and see how different parts of the world are being affected by the changing climate.

This last post I chose to be part of my PLN  because not only do I like to share posts about current events, how our climate is being changed by the rising temperatures and CO2 in the atmosphere but I also like to post about new advancements in technology that will help us understand more about how our earth systems work, even as we have a changing climate. This one had an interesting article about how to estimate past hurricane strength using seismic data from earthquakes and volcanoes. It was something that I didn’t expect would be a way to figure out the strength of hurricane so I thought it would be interesting to share with everyone.

I think a personal learning network is a great way to learn new things even after you graduate. I intend to keep using it to post new things that have me interested and I hope to also post about how I am advancing in my career and what changes I am contributing to in my field so that others can learn more about the world around them.






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  1. Hi, Julie, I hope you continue to use your PLN as you suggested, you’re right it is a great tool even after graduation. The heading photo has always been my favorite! Nice work.

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