Toolkit: Teaching Carbon Cycle and Environmental Chemistry through Climate-related Examples

Introduction:

As a teacher of high school or undergraduate Chemistry, you can use this set of computer-based tools when teaching topics in environmental chemistry such as the carbon cycle or biogeochemical cycles.

Carbon Tree Demonstration

Carbon Tree animation is based on the measurements at the SMEAR II station and on the Carbon Tree website you can monitor how the medium-sized pine in Southern Finland exchanges carbon dioxide in real time. In addition to the website, there is also the Interactive Carbon Tree exhibition stand (see photo on the left), including physical user interface that allows a viewer to adjust environmental conditions of the Carbon tree: one can, for instance, increase the air temperature by warming the sensor with a hand or increase CO2 concentration by blowing air towards it. The changes affect carbon flow immediately.

Interactive Energy and Climate Simulation : Game

Interactive Energy and Climate Simulation 

The game allows a student to explore scenarios of future energy demand, to allocate energy sources to meet projected demands and to observe the consequences on temperature and carbon emission levels.

This game can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Socio-economic Studies, and Energy, Economics and Climate Change.

Energy, Economics and Climate : Kaya

 Kaya Identity Scenario Prognosticator

Project future carbon emission, temperature and sea level based on projected population, economic growth and energy consumption.

This tool can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Energy, Economics and Climate Change.