Physics

Integrate climate science in your teaching and use these educational resources to teach topics such as:

Blackbody Radiation; Convection, Energy and Mass Conservation; Coriolis Force; Electromagnetic Spectrum; Hadley Circulation; Heat Transport Planck’s Law; Planetary Energy Balance; Stefan Boltzmann Law

Reading: Water Vapour Feedback and Earth’s Climate
A reading that explains the phase diagrams of water on Earth, Mars, and Venus and discusses the water vapor feedback mechanism in the atmospheres of these planets that influences the greenhouse effect. You may also
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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. You
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Reading: Earth’s Equable Climate
A reading that explains Earth’s equable climate in the past using the theories, Hadley Cells, Convective Cloud Feedback, Polar Stratospheric Clouds, and Tropical Cyclones. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Black Carbon and
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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. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Atomic Number, Mass Number, Isotopes… Lesson Plan:
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Visualization: Blackbody Spectrum
A visualization and associated activity to explain how Planck’s Law can be used to plot blackbody curves of objects with different temperatures, the relationship between temperature and peak wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, and the
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Reading: Atmospheric Dynamics and Hadley Cells
A reading that discusses the use of the law of conservation of angular momentum to explain the extent of Hadley cells.  You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Black Carbon and its Impact on
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Model/Simulator: Modeling Planetary Energy Balance
A model/simulator to learn about vertical energy (heat) transfer in the Earth’s system and planetary energy balance. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Teaching Carbon Cycle through… Lesson Plan: Black Carbon and its
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: The Coriolis Effect
A hands-on classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the Coriolis Effect.  You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Atomic Number, Mass Number, Isotopes… Lesson Plan: Plant Diseases and Climate Change Lesson Plan: Climate Refugees and
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Laboratory Activity: Urban Heat Island
A laboratory activity to learn about the urban heat island effect and heat waves. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: William Blake’s ‘Chimney Sweeper’… Lesson Plan: Teaching about Microbial Life and… Lesson Plan:
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Reading: Simple Atmospheric Model
A reading that introduces a single-layer atmosphere model, which is based on the emissivity of thermal radiation, to explain atmospheric warming.  You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Atomic Number, Mass Number, Isotopes… Lesson
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Visualization: Blackbody Radiation and Planetary Temperatures
A visualization to understand blackbody radiation, the effects of albedo and solar brightness on the temperature of a planet, and the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan:
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Model/Simulator: Milankovitch Orbital Parameters
A model/simulator to learn about changes in Earth’s climate caused by variations in the solar energy received by the planet over geological time scales and to understand the role of the orbital parameters (obliquity, precession,
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