A hands-on e-learning course to create and tell engaging stories based on climate change data by using different approaches.
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|
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about statistical methods to analyze average annual temperatures of major cities in the world (New York and Sydney) and to determine trends in the data.
This model/simulator shows the relationship between changes in Earth’s climate due to variations in the solar energy received by the planet over geological time scales. It shows that over long timescales ice age cycles (Milankovitch cycles) have occurred on earth due to changes in the orbital parameters (obliquity, precession, and eccentricity).
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about oxygen isotopes (18O and 16O); understand the relative distribution of these isotopes in the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere; and explore how the concentration of these isotopes can be used as indicators of paleoclimate.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about regression analysis of data by using global temperature data over a period of 150 years.
A classroom/laboratory activity to perform linear regression on climate data from the Arctic.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn and apply polynomial differentiation and to solve tangent line problems for global average CO2 data.