Is There a Trend in Hurricane Intensity?

This computer-based classroom/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.
It can also be used to teach topics such as Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index;
Hurricanes; Impact of Climate Change on Intensity; and Frequency of Hurricanes and
Storms.

Pedagogical Tool Metadata
Discipline Statistics, Earth and Environmental Science
Grade Level Undergraduate
Related Core Curriculum Topics Data Analysis, Linear Slope,
Confidence Interval, Student’s t-distribution, and Standard Deviation in Statistics.
Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index;
Hurricanes; Impact of Climate Change on Intensity; and Frequency of Hurricanes and storms in Earth Sciences
Type of Tool Classroom or Laboratory Activity
Availability Online; Can be performed offline (after downloading data)
Translations Not Available
IT competency required Intermediate
Developed by Todd Ellis, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, USA
Accessible at https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/hurricanes/activities/28276.html

Blackbody Spectrum

This interactive simulation helps students to understand topics such as Planck’s Law; Wien’s Law; Blackbody Radiation; Stefan Boltzmann’s Law; the Relationship between Temperature and Peak Wavelength of the Electromagnetic Spectrum; Planetary Temperatures as a Function of Solar Energy Received; and Greenhouse Effect of Earth’s Atmosphere.

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.

Beetles, Mammals, and Plants: Is Climate Driving Range Shifts Since the Last Glacial Maximum

In this exercise, students will learn how organisms responded to the change in climate since the last glacial maximum (LGM) in North America. Using the Neotoma database and ArcGIS Online, students will create taxon modern distribution maps for the species of beetles, mammals, and plants found at the Conklin Quarry fossil site in eastern Iowa. By comparing the modern species ranges of these taxa, students will interpret what the environment may have been like in eastern Iowa during the LGM.

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.