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Arctic Tundra May Contribute to Warmer World
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In this audio slideshow, an ecologist from the University of Florida describes the radiocarbon dating technique that scientists use to determine the amount of carbon within the permafrost of the Arctic tundra. Understanding the rate of carbon released as permafrost thaws is necessary to understand how this positive feedback mechanism is contributing to climate change that may further increase global surface temperatures.

Subject:
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:
National Science Foundation
University of Florida
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
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
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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:
Cinzia Cervato
Doug Fils
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter
Michael Taber
Robert Arko
Victor Fitzjarrald
William Ryan
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
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Annika Sabrowski
CarboSchools.org
Patrick Silva
S. Soria-Dengg
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Components of the Carbon Cycle
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A simplified representation of the terrestrial carbon cycle side by side with the ocean carbon cycle. Fluxes and reservoirs expressed in gigatons are included.

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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:
Biological and Environmental Research Information System (BERIS)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Glenn A. Richard
SERC - Pedagogy in Action 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
Provider:
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
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
Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development
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This is a semester-long jigsaw project in which students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics, and society. Students are presented with a contemporary energy resource development issue being debated in their community. They research the water, geological, economic, and social impact of the project, and then either defend or support the development proposal.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Devin Castendyk
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Exploring NCAR Climate Change Data Using GIS
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This Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter uses ArcGIS and climate data from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Climate Change Scenarios GIS Data Portal to help users learn the basics of GIS-based climate modeling. The five-part exercise involves calculating summer average temperatures for the present day and future climate modeled output, visually comparing the temperature differences for the two model runs, and creating a temperature anomaly map to highlight air temperature increases or decreases around the world.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
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:
Cathy Reznicek
Constantin Cranganu
David Smith
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Jennifer Boehnert
Lawrence Buja
Michele Thornton
Olga Wilhelmi
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
Provider:
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
From Grid to Home
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In this classroom activity, students analyze regional energy usage data and their own energy bills to gain an understanding of individual consumption, regional uses, costs, and sources of energy.

Subject:
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:
Marie Johnson
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Global Energy Flows
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In this activity, students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale; historical, socio-environmental, and geographic variation in this data; and implications for future energy use are included.

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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:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
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
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
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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
Google Earth Tours of Glacier Change
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A detailed Google Earth tour of glacier change over the last 50 years is given in class as an introduction. Students are then asked to select from a group of glaciers and create their own Google Earth tour exploring key characteristics and evident changes in that glacier.

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:
Mauri Pelto
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014