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Modelling the Effect of Changes in Radiation on Planetary Temperature

Classroom/Laboratory Activity

A classroom/laboratory activity to model how changes in the radiation entering or leaving the Earth affect the temperature of the planet.

Students will model the data by using Excel spreadsheets and will then determine whether a polynomial function or an exponential function provides the best prediction.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does the Earth’s temperature change for a 10% increase in radiation input?
  2. Compare different functions (quadratic, cubic, quartic, exponential) to model the data
    (temperature vs time). Which function provides the best prediction?
About Tool
Tool Name Climate prediction
Discipline Mathematics and Statistics 
Topic(s) in Discipline Model, Quadratic function, Cubic function, Quartic function, Exponential function, Functions, Mathematical Modelling, Data Science
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Nuffield Foundation
Hosted at Nuffield Foundation
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Intermediate


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