Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Volcanoes and Climate
A classroom activity that teaches students about the different atmospheric aerosols and gases released during volcanic eruptions and how they can affect climate.Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Thermal Potential of Carbon dioxide
A classroom/laboratory activity that demonstrates the thermal properties of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, that may contribute to global warming.Read more.
Video micro-lecture: Phase Diagrams and Earth’s Climate
A video micro-lecture that describes the phase diagrams of water on Earth, Mars, and Venus. It also describes the water vapor feedback mechanism in the atmospheres of these planets that influences the greenhouse effect.Read more.
Visualization: pH Levels of Oceans and Atmospheric CO2
A visualization that allows students to explore changes in the pH levels of oceans for different levels of atmospheric CO2. It includes visualizations of CO2 concentrations corresponding to various emission scenarios of the Intergovernmental PanelRead more.
Video Micro-lecture: Modes of Vibration in Greenhouse Gas Molecules
A micro-lecture that describes the vibrational modes of polyatomic molecules, how these modes determine whether the molecules are IR inactive or IR active and explains why most IR active polyatomic gas molecules are greenhouse gases.Read more.
Reading: Molecular Vibration Modes and the Greenhouse Effect
A reading that discusses how chemical bonds in molecules respond to incident IR light and absorb IR energy during certain modes of vibration. The reading includes discussions on the vibrational modes of water vapor andRead more.
Teaching Module: Orbital Forcing and Earth’s Climate
A set of classroom/laboratory activities to reconstruct Earth’s past climate using isotopic composition data from ice cores and to highlight the influence of orbital forcing and atmospheric carbon dioxide feedback on Earth’s climate.Read more.