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Build Planet Earth

Model/Simulation, Game

A Model/Simulation/model/game to build your own version of planet Earth and learn about the Earth’s climate system and the factors that influence it by configuring various parameters and observing their effect on climate.

Students will build their own Earth by customising various parameters such as the tilt of the Earth’s axis, the eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit, and the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration of the atmosphere. They will observe and discuss the effects of these parameters on climate-related factors such as temperature, precipitation, sea ice, albedo, and ocean currents.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Define the obliquity and the eccentricity of the Earth. How do changes in obliquity and eccentricity affect the Earth’s climate?
  2. Observe the Earth’s climate for pre-industrial CO2 levels and for current day CO2 levels. Compare and analyse the two scenarios.
About Tool
Tool NameBuild Your Own Earth
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplinePlanetary Climate, Earth’s Climate, Atmosphere, The Greenhouse Effect, Climate History 
Climate TopicClimate Literacy, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Type of toolModel/Simulation, Game 
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
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Developed byStuart Anderson, Sharon Gardner, Jonathan Fairman, David Schultz 
Hosted atBuild Your Own Earth
Computer SkillsIntermediate


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