An interactive visualization to observe the effects of a global temperature increase of 4 °C on human health, agriculture, forests, oceans and marine ecosystems, permafrost, water availability, and extreme climate events.
Students will observe and discuss how a global temperature rise of 4 °C will affect different regions in the world. They will learn about specific impacts such as the spread of vector-borne diseases, loss of forests due to forest fires or droughts, changes in crop productivity and food production, and flooding of coastal areas due to sea-level rise.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- What is permafrost? How would a 4 °C global temperature rise affect permafrost in Canada and Alaska? What are the potential consequences?
- Discuss the potential impact of a 4 °C global temperature rise on water availability in Asian countries.
- Describe the possible effects of a 4 °C global temperature rise on crop yields in South America.
- Which regions of the world might be adversely affected by forest fires that are caused by climate change?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Four-degree interactive map|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Impact of global temperature rise, the impact of climate change on forests, agriculture (crops), water availability (droughts), sea-level rise, marine ecosystems (ocean acidification), permafrost, tropical cyclones and health|
|Climate Topic||Climate and Health, Climate and the Atmosphere, Climate and the Biosphere, Climate and the Lithosphere, Climate and the Hydrosphere, Climate and the Cryosphere, Disasters, and Hazards, Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms|
|Type of Tool||Interactive Visualization|
|Grade Level||High School|
|Developed by||UK Met Office|
|Hosted at||UK Met Office|