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.
Interactive Energy and Climate Simulation
The game allows a student to explore scenarios of future energy demand, to allocate energy sources to meet projected demands and to observe the consequences on temperature and carbon emission levels.
This game can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Socio-economic Studies, and Energy, Economics and Climate Change.
Urban Heat Island : Feeling the heat
This tool can be used as an aid to teach topics such as Heat, Energy, Conservation of Energy, Energy Transfer, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Radiation, Hazards, Urban Heat Island, Heat Waves, Human Impacts on Earth Systems, and Human Settlements.
A glacier is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight; it forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries.
This tool can be used as a visualization aid to teach topics such as Glaciers; Snowfall;
Impact of Temperature and Precipitation on Glacial Mass; Equilibrium Line; Accumulation; Ablation; Glacial Budget; Glacier Length; Glacial Advance; Glacial Retreat; Climatic Conditions for Glacial Advance, Glacial Retreat and Glacial Equilibrium.
Translations are available in different languages.
The Carbon Cycle
This model, created in Insight Maker, allows a student to determine the amount of carbon in various reservoirs of our planet.
Explore the effects of greenhouse gases on climate (effect of greenhouse gases on temperature, effect of clouds on temperature, interaction of photons with atmospheric gases, etc.).