A video and visualization to learn about glacier modeling and the prediction of the future of glaciers by using mathematical models.
An interactive visualization to explore the effects of melting ice sheets and the resulting sea level rise on coastal areas.
A classroom/laboratory activity that introduces the relationship between climate and the cryosphere, explains how sea-level rise can be predicted (based on average global temperature change), and triggers a discussion on the potential impacts of sea-level rise.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about glacial retreat and to predict the complete melting of a glacier (specifically, for an example in Glacier National Park).
A reading that introduces the topic of glaciers and their formation.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen, analyze the isotopic composition of ice, and understand how isotopic compositions can be used to recreate past temperatures and climate.
Students will plot graphs to analyze data from the Vostok ice core in Antarctica, learn about the ice age and the gas age, calculate past temperatures using hydrogen isotope data, and discuss the possible impacts of changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) concentrations on climate.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- How can you use hydrogen isotope data in an ice core to determine temperature?
- How can the isotopic composition of air bubbles in ice cores be used to recreate past climate?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Lab: Vostok Ice Core|
|Discipline||Chemistry, Earth Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Isotopes, Isotopic Ratios, Isotopic Composition in paloeclimate reconstructions|
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Cryosphere, Climate Variability Record|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Developed by||Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College|
|Hosted at||Columbia University: The Climate System course taught by Peter Schlosser, Stephanie Pfirman, Mingfang Ting, Jason Smerdon|
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A classroom/laboratory activity to perform linear regression on climate data from the Arctic.
A mobile app to learn about glaciers across the world.
An interactive visualization to visualize the shrinking and growing of a glacier as a result of changes in snowfall and temperature.