This activity enables students to determine how biodiversity may be influenced by climate change. They will learn about changes in the distribution and habitat of squirrels over time, and will discuss climate change as a potential cause of changes in biodiversity.
The tool allows a student to explore how isotopes can be used as indicators of paleoclimate and reconstruct the paleoclimate using data from the Vostok ice core.
This laboratory activity allows a student to explore trends in hurricane intensity, the possible impact of climate change on hurricanes, and understanding uncertainty in trends. This tool can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Data Analysis, Linear Slope,Confidence Interval, Student’s t-distribution, and Standard Deviation in Statistics.
In this laboratory activity, students learn that the atmosphere of planet Earth can be considered as a “commons” and that it is affected by human activities such as global warming.
In this laboratory activity students use statistical methods to analyze historical temperature records of different cities and find significant patterns in the data over time.
This activity allows students to learn about phenology in plants and animals and to explore how climate change may influence phenological events. Students will use phenology data on flowering patterns to create graphs and will then interpret and discuss their findings.
This activity enables students to examine the relationship between temperature and the geographical distribution of malaria, and to determine how climate change may affect the spread and distribution of the disease.
This classroom/laboratory activity allows students to understand how marine organisms may be affected by increased ocean acidification caused by climate change. Students explore and analyze the relationship between the growth of oyster larvae and the chemistry of ocean water by using data from the Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Oregon, USA.
The tool allows a student to learn about the isotopes of oxygen (O18 and O16); to understand the relative distribution of these isotopes in the atmosphere, ocean and cryosphere; and to explore how these isotopes can be used as indicators of paleoclimate.
This laboratory activity (including an interactive visualization tool and an associated activity), “Carbon Lab,” allows students to observe and understand the flow in the natural carbon cycle, and to explore and analyze possible anthropogenic impacts on this biogeochemical cycle.
In this activity students are provided a set of hourly temperature data for a 24-hour period from one location around New Zealand and they use different statistical techniques to better understand meteorology and data analysis.
In this exercise, students learn to use statistical methods on climate data from the Arctic. They run the linear regression on the average monthly extent of Arctic sea ice from 1979 to the present.
This laboratory activity helps students understand the great ocean conveyor belt by exploring how various factors and processes (such as changes in the temperature and density of ocean water) influence the direction of ocean currents. Further, students analyze and determine the effect of the ocean conveyor belt on global climate.
In this exercise, students will learn how organisms respond to the change in climate since the last glacial maximum (LGM) by comparing modern and Pleistocene era beetles, mammals and plant taxon distribution.
This activity allows students to learn and understand the urban heat island effect by measuring temperatures in an area, collating data and analyzing the data. Students use available temperature data for a specific location (Los Angeles) to observe and analyze the occurrence of heat waves.