Models/Simulators

A model/simulator to understand the relationships between climate change, economics, and social factors. Students will customize parameters related to policy (such as emissions-related tax or treaty), climate (such as levels of climate sensitivity and harm),
A model/simulator to understand the prediction of peak global oil production, and to learn about oil as an energy source, its peak and reserves, and the economics and geopolitics of oil. Students will customize parameters
A model/simulator to learn about and use the Kaya Identity to predict future carbon emissions. Students will customize parameters such as changes in population, GDP per capita, energy intensity, and carbon intensity of energy sources
An interactive visualization to explore the effects of melting ice sheets and the resulting sea level rise on coastal areas.  Students will configure parameters related to glacial melt in Antarctica and/or Greenland, and will observe
A laboratory activity to create an energy balance model for planet Earth and obtain numerical solutions for the differential equations in the model. Students will write code (using MATLAB or Mathematica) to model the distribution
A model/simulator to explore the Gaia hypothesis and the concepts of albedo and hysteresis through the example of daisies (living organisms) and their interaction with temperature (climatic factor). Students will configure the distribution of black
A model/simulator to learn about vertical energy (heat) transfer in the Earth’s system and planetary energy balance. Students will vary parameters such as the solar constant and the planetary albedo to observe the corresponding effects
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,
A model/simulator to learn about the geologic carbon cycle and its role in stabilizing the Earth’s climate. Students will run the model after configuring parameters such as the CO2 degassing rate, the existence of land
A visualization/model/game to build your own version of planet Earth and learn about the Earth’s climate system and the factors that influence it by configuring various parameters and observing their effect on climate. Students will
A model/simulator to understand the effect of greenhouse gases on outgoing energy flux, and to compare the absorption of infrared radiation by various greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and water vapor.
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