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.
Teaching Module: Analyzing Climate Science Data through Simple Statistical Techniques
A teaching module that demonstrates the use of linear and quadratic regression to analyze Arctic sea ice extent data and the use of graphs, sample correlations, and multiple regression to analyze atmospheric CO2 level data,Read more.
E-learning Course: Impact of Climate Change on Cities
An e-learning course to understand how cities are impacted by and influence climate change.Read more.
Lesson Plan: Teaching Chemistry of Carbon Compounds through Climate-related Examples
As a high school Chemistry teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching the chemistry of carbon and its compounds, the interaction of greenhouse gas molecules with electromagnetic radiation,Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Modeling the Effect of Changes in Radiation on Planetary Temperature
A classroom/laboratory activity to model how changes in the radiation entering or leaving the Earth affect the temperature of the planet.Read more.
Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Hadley Circulation—Heat Transport in the Atmosphere
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about radiation, heat transport, convection, and energy/mass conservation by interpreting and mapping the Hadley Circulation.Read more.