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The Lifestyle Project
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This multi-week project begins with a measurement of baseline consumptive behavior followed by three weeks of working to reduce the use of water, energy, high-impact foods, and other materials. The assignment uses an Excel spreadsheet that calculates direct energy and water use as well as indirect CO2 and water use associated with food consumption. After completing the project, students understand that they do indeed play a role in the big picture. They also learn that making small changes to their lifestyles is not difficult and they can easily reduce their personal impact on the environment.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
John J. Thomas
Karin Kirk
Karin Kirk, Montana State University/SERC and John J. Thomas, Skidmore College
SERC - Starting Point Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Paleoclimate Reconstruction Lab
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In this activity, students reconstruct past climates using lake varves as a proxy to interpret long-term climate patterns and to understand annual sediment deposition and how it relates to weather and climate patterns.

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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group at Lehigh University
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands
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This video focuses on the science of climate change and its impacts on wildlife on land and in the sea, and their habitats in the U.S. There are short sections on walruses, coral reefs, migrating birds and their breeding grounds, freshwater fish, bees, etc. Video concludes with some discussion about solutions, including reduce/recyle/reuse, energy conservation, backyard habitats, citizen scientists.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Global Change Research Program
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Pollen and Climate Change
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In this activity, students study the relationship between changing climate conditions and the distribution of plants across North America, using a unique tool called the Pollen Viewer. This tool allows the user to animate the retreat of the North American glacier and the migration of plant species during the waning period of the most recent Ice Age.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Becca Kranz
John Pickle
Katharina Frazier
TERC
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise
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In this role-play activity, students take the roles of various important players in the climate change policy debate including politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and industry representatives. Working in these roles, students must take a position, debate with others, and then vote on legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Can be used in a variety of courses including writing and rhetoric, and social sciences.

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Composition and Rhetoric
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
K.M. Theissen
Pedagogy in Action Collection from SERC
University of St. Thomas
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Near-Ground Level Ozone Pollution
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This lab exercise is designed to provide a basic understanding of a real-world scientific investigation. Learners are introduced to the concept of tropospheric ozone as an air pollutant due to human activities and burning of fossil fuel energy. The activity uses, analyzes, and visualizes data to investigate this air pollution and climate change problem, determines the season in which it commonly occurs, and communicates the analysis to others in a standard scientific format.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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From the On the Cutting Edge activity collection
Omowumi Alabi
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA
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In this activity for undergraduate students, learners build a highly simplified computer model of thermohaline circulation (THC) in the North Atlantic Ocean and conduct a set of simulation experiments to understand the complex dynamics inherent in this simple model.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Dave Bice
On the Cutting Edge collection, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Penn State University
Date Added:
10/27/2014
The Right Mix of Trees
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This video describes the work of scientists who are studying the precise combination of trees that would be most effective in reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the air around Syracuse, NY. This is a pilot study that will serve as a model for other urban areas.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lecture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY-ESF, Syracuse
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Energy and the Poor - Black Carbon in Developing Nations
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An activity focusing on black carbon. This activity explores the impacts of the use of wood, dung, and charcoal for fuel, all which generate black carbon, in developing countries.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Anne Hall
Environmental Studies at Emory University
From the On The Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Energy Mix: Recipe for the future.
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This short video touches briefly on the future of global energy and which energy sources best meet four energy-choice criteria: affordable, available, reliable, and clean.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
American Geosciences Institute
Switch Energy
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Using NASA NEO and ImageJ to Explore the Role of Snow Cover in Shaping Climate
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In this activity students download satellite images displaying land surface temperature, snow cover, and reflected short wave radiation data from the NASA Earth Observation (NEO) Web site. They then explore and animate these images using the free tool ImageJ and utilize the Web-based analysis tools built into NEO to observe, graph, and analyze the relationships among these three variables.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
B. Youngman
C. McAuliffe
D. Herring
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from TERC
H. Riebeek
J. Lockwood
K. Ward
R. Freuder
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Earth's Albedo and Global Warming
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This click-through animation visualizes the ice-albedo feedback, soot's effect on sea ice and glacier melt, and ice melt's effect on land and sea.

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Lecture
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Teachers' Domain
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/27/2014
The Water Cycle
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This visualization, from the US Geological Survey, provides a simple schematic of the various pathways that water can take as it cycles through ocean, lakes, atmosphere, surface and ground.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Hydrology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
US Geological Service (USGS) hosted by Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Global Patterns
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This activity supports educators in the use of the activities that accompany the GLOBE Program's Earth System Poster 'Exploring Connections in Year 2007'. Students identify global patterns and connections in environmental data that include soil moisture, insolation, surface temperature, cloud fraction, precipitation, world topography/bathymetry, aerosol optical thickness, and biosphere (from different times of the year) with the goal of recognizing patterns and trends in global data sets.

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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Federica Raia
On the Cutting Edge Collection - SERC (Science Education Resource Center)
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Sea Surface Salinity Influence on Earth's Climate
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This short NASA video focuses on the Aquarius satellite, launched on June 10, 2011 to observe how variations in ocean salinity relate to climatic changes. By measuring salinity globally, Aquarius shows the ocean's role in climate change and climate's effects on ocean circulation.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Brooke Harris
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results
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In this activity, students examine global climate model output and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students read two short articles on the connection between hurricanes and global warming and discuss these articles in context of what they have learned from model output.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Cindy Shellito
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT
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In this activity, students gain experience using a spreadsheet and working with others to decide how to conduct their model 'experiments' with the NASA GEEBITT (Global Equilibrium Energy Balance Interactive Tinker Toy). While becoming more familiar with the physical processes that made Earth's early climate so different from that of today, they also acquire first-hand experience with a limitation in modeling, specifically, parameterization of critical processes.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Cindy Shellito
On the Cutting Edge Collection - Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Investigating Weather and Climate with Google Earth
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In this activity, students use Google Earth to explore global temperature changes during a recent 50 - 58 year period. They also explore, analyze, and interpret climate patterns of 13 different cities, and analyze differences between weather and climate patterns.

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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group at Lehigh University
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Northwest Passage
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In this activity, students use Google Earth and information from several websites to investigate some of the consequences of climate change in polar regions, including the shrinking of the ice cap at the North Pole, disintegration of ice shelves, melting of Greenland, opening of shipping routes, effects on polar bears, and possible secondary effects on climate in other regions due to changes in ocean currents. Students learn to use satellite and aerial imagery, maps, graphs, and statistics to interpret trends accompanying changes in the Earth system.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Glenn A. Richard
Mineral Physics Institute Stony Brook University
SERC On The Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Impacts of Topography on Sea Level Change
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This lesson is comprised of three activities (three class periods). Students use web-based animations to explore the impacts of ice melt and changes to sea level. Students are introduced to topographic maps by doing a hands-on activity to model the contours of an island. Students examine the relationship between topography and sea level change by mapping changing shorelines using a topographic map.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Bill McMillon
DLESE (Digital Library for Earth System Education)
Judy Scotchmoor
Lise Whitfield
Phil Stoffer
Date Added:
10/27/2014
The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt
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This NASA animation depicts thermohaline circulation in the ocean and how it relates to salinity and water density. It illustrates the sinking of water in the cold, dense ocean near Iceland and Greenland. The surface of the ocean then fades away and the animation pulls back to show the global thermohaline circulation system.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA /Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Date Added:
10/27/2014
US Energy Production and Consumption
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In this activity, students explore energy production and consumption by contrasting regional energy production in five different US regions.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group
Lehigh University
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Sea Ice Extension for the Earth as a System Learning Activity
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The purpose of this activity is to identify global patterns and connections in environmental data contained in the GLOBE Earth Systems Poster, to connect observations made within the Earth Systems Poster to data and information at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and to understand the connections between solar energy and changes at the poles, including feedback related to albedo.

Subject:
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Gary Randolph
GLOBE Program
National Snow and Ice Data Center
SERC On The Cutting Edge Collection
Walt Meier
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Climate History from Deep Sea Sediments
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This activity focuses on reconstructing the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) as an example of a relatively abrupt global warming period. Students access Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) sediment core data with Virtual Ocean software in order to display relevant marine sediments and their biostratigraphy.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Cinzia Cervato
Doug Fils
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter
Michael Taber
Robert Arko
Victor Fitzjarrald
William Ryan
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Detecting El Nino in Sea Surface Temperature Data
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This multi-part activity introduces users to normal seasonal sea surface temperature (SST) variation as well as extreme variation, as in the case of El Niъбo and La Niъбa events, in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Via a THREDDS server, users learn how to download seasonal SST data for the years 1982 to 1998. Using a geographic information system (GIS), they visualize and analyze that data, looking for the tell-tale SST signature of El Nino and La Nina events that occurred during that time period. At the end, students analyze a season of their own choosing to determine if an El Niъбo or La Niъбa SST pattern emerged in that year's data.

Subject:
Education
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Betsy Youngman
David Smith
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from TERC
Date Added:
10/27/2014
How Cities Affect Their Local Climate
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This resource is about the urban heat island effect. Students access student-collected surface temperature data provided through the GLOBE program and analyze the data with My World GIS.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
B Youngman
C McAuliffe
D Smith
K Czajowski
M Hedley
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
T Ensign
X Meng
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Cool Cores Capture Climate Change
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This Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter is a detailed computer-based exploration in which students learn how various climatic conditions impact the formations of sediment layers on the ocean floor. They analyze sediment core data from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica for evidence of climate changes over time. In addition, they interact with various tools and animations throughout the activity, in particular the Paleontological Stratigraphic Interval Construction and Analysis Tool (PSICAT) that is used to construct a climate change model of a sediment core from core images.

Subject:
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Earth Exploration Toolbook/TERC
Jean Pennycook
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Comparison of the Effects of Increased CO2 in the Air to Seawater and Distilled Water
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This well-designed experiment compares CO2 impacts on salt water and fresh water. In a short demonstration, students examine how distilled water (i.e., pure water without any dissolved ions or compounds) and seawater are affected differently by increasing carbon dioxide in the air.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Annika Sabrowski
CarboSchools.org
Patrick Silva
S. Soria-Dengg
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Sea Ice Yearly Minimum in the Arctic
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This series of visualizations show the annual Arctic sea ice minimum from 1979 to 2010. The decrease in Arctic sea ice over time is shown in an animation and a graph plotted simultaneously, but can be parsed so that the change in sea ice area can be shown without the graph.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
GSFC/Science Visualization Studio
NASA
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Teaching Climate Science by Studying Misinformation
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In this activity, students critically evaluate the arguments about climate change raised in a climate contrarian newspaper op-ed. This exercise is intended to strengthen student critical thinking and content knowledge at the end of unit on the climate system.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Daniel Bedford
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Sediments and the Global Carbon Cycle
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A series of activities designed to introduce students to the role of sediments and sedimentary rocks in the global carbon cycle and the use of stable carbon isotopes to reconstruct ancient sedimentary environments. Students will make some simple calculations, think about the implications of their results, and see an optional demonstration of the density separation of a sediment sample into a light, organic and a heavier mineral fraction.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Elana Leithold
North Carolina State University
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, On The Cutting Edge collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
The Sun's Path
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An interactive visualization tool to examine geocentric seasonal and latitudinal variability in solar energy reaching Earth's surface.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Australian National University
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Understanding the Carbon Cycle: A Jigsaw Approach
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This is a jigsaw activity in which students are assigned to research one step out of five in the geochemical process stages of the organic carbon cycle. Students then teach their step in cross-step groups until everyone understands all five process stages.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
David Hastings
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Investigating Climate Change Using Observed Temperature Data
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In this activity, students download historic temperature datasets and then graph and compare with different locations. As an extension, students can download and examine data sets for other sites to compare the variability of changes at different distinct locations, and it is at this stage where learning can be individualized and very meaningful.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Carla McAuliffe
Earth Exploration Toolbook, TERC
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Natural Gas and the Marcellus Shale
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This homework problem introduces students to Marcellus shale natural gas and how an unconventional reservoir rock can become an attractive hydrocarbon target. It is designed to expand students' understanding of hydrocarbon resources by introducing an unconventional natural gas play. Students explore the technological factors that make conventional source rocks attractive reservoir rocks and how this advance impacts both U.S. energy supply and the environment.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Sid Halsor
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Energy Consumption Rates across the USA and the World
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Students use Google Earth to analyze oil consumption per capita in the US and around the world. Students then use spreadsheets to create graphs and calculate statistics regarding per capita energy use among various categories.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Glenn A. Richard
SERC - Pedagogy in Action Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Global Temperatures
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In this activity, students create graphs of real temperature data to analyze climate trends by analyzing the global temperature record from 1867 to the present. Long-term trends and shorter-term fluctuations are both evaluated. The data is examined for evidence of the impact of natural and anthropogenic climate forcing mechanisms on the global surface temperature variability. Students are prompted to determine the difficulties scientists face in using this data to make climate predictions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Robert MacKay
SERC Starting Point and Columbia University Earth and Environmental Science Faculty
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Where Glaciers Meet the Sea: How a warming ocean might speed the loss of Greenland's ice
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This video describes how the normal thousands-of-years-long balance of new ice creation and melting due to ocean currents has been disrupted recently by warmer ocean currents. As a result, glacier tongues that overhang the interface between ice and ocean are breaking off and falling into the ocean.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Cherie Winner
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Modeling Earth's Energy Balance
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In this activity, learners use the STELLA box modeling software to determine Earth's temperature based on incoming solar radiation and outgoing terrestrial radiation. Starting with a simple black body model, the exercise gradually adds complexity by incorporating albedo, then a 1-layer atmosphere, then a 2-layer atmosphere, and finally a complex atmosphere with latent and sensible heat fluxes. With each step, students compare the modeled surface temperature to Earth's actual surface temperature, thereby providing a check on how well each increasingly complex model captures the physics of the actual system.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Kirsten Menking
Science Education Resource Center, On the Cutting Edge
Vassar College
Date Added:
10/27/2014