|An online reading to help students understand the energy balance of planet earth, Stefan-Boltzmann’s Law and solar energy flux received by planet Earth to calculate its surface temperature. This resource can be used to demonstrate the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere by calculating the surface temperature of a bare blackbody earth, a blackbody earth with a 1-layer atmosphere.|
|This model/simulator shows the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere and planetary energy balance of incoming solar radiation and outgoing radiation from the planet. Students/learners are presented with a model Earth having two atmospheric layers and they of can manipulate “the absorptivity/emissivity of each atmospheric layer, the amount of convective heat flux transferred at each level, the intensity of solar radiation, and the albedo of the planet and determine the resulting temperature of the surface and each layer of the atmosphere as well as the magnitude of each heat transfer.”|
This model demonstrates the effect of greenhouse gases on outgoing energy flux and compares various greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor with respect to the absorption of infrared radiation.
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 tool helps students to visualize the structure of the molecules of atmospheric gases and to understand the effect of electromagnetic radiation on these molecules. The activity will also introduce the topic of greenhouse gases and their role in climate.
This interactive visualization helps students to learn about the IR spectra of different greenhouse gases, observe the amount of IR radiation absorbed by greenhouse gases, and to understand the resulting influence on the Earth’s climate.
As a teacher of high school Chemistry, you can use this set of computer-based tools when teaching the chemistry of carbon and its compounds, environmental chemistry, and the management of natural resources.
Climate Science Education Series
Developed by Science Media Center, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India