A reading titled ‘Chaos in the Atmosphere’ by Spencer Weart hosted on the website of Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics. This reading is a supplement to Spencer Weart’s book titled, ‘The Discovery of Global Warming’, that explains complex models about weather prediction and chaos theory.
Students will learn about chaos theory with respect to the Earth’s atmosphere and climate system. They will also learn how chaos theory is used to make predictions and calculations for climate change.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- What is chaos theory?
- What makes climate calculation difficult to predict?
- How can small changes lead to catastrophic climate impact?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Chaos in the Atmosphere|
|Discipline||Physics, Earth Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Chaos Theory, Climate Models, Atmospheric Physics, Weather Prediction|
|Climate Topic||Planetary Climate; Planetary Energy Balance|
|Type of tool||Reading|
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Spencer Weart|
|Hosted at||Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics|