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Precipitation Patterns and Climate Change


A video micro-lecture by Jeff Dozier, University of California, Santa Barbara, that explains how climate change can affect the water cycle on Earth.

Students will learn that rising temperatures can affect and change precipitation patterns. They will further understand how such changes can potentially affect communities through examples from the United States.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the water cycle and its components in the classroom
  2. Discuss how climate change induced shifts in precipitation affect communities living in those areas.
About Tool
Tool Name How Will Climate Change Affect It? – The Water Cycle
Discipline Chemistry, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Environmental Chemistry, Water Cycle, Biogeochemical Cycles, Hydrological Cycle, Condensation, Evaporation, Evapotranspiration, Groundwater, Precipitation, Sublimation
Climate Topic Climate and the Hydrosphere; Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of tool Video (2 mins)
Grade Level High School
Location Global,USA
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Jeff Dozier, University of California, Santa Barbara
Hosted at National Science Foundation on YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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