This laboratory activity involves creating an Energy Balance Model for planet Earth by writing code in MATLAB or Mathematica. Students create their model that focuses on the distribution of Earth’s surface temperature in response to carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

About the Tool

Tool Name Global Warming: A Zonal Energy Balance Model
Discipline Mathematics and Computer Science
Topic(s) in Discipline Mathematical Modeling; Computer Programming; MATLAB; Mathematica; Energy Balance
Climate Topic Planetary Energy Balance, Planetary Climate, Climate Models
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level Undergraduate
Language English
Developed by Victor Padron, Normandale Community College
Hosted at Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Access Online
Computer Skills Advanced