A visualization and associated activity to explain how Planck’s Law can be used to plot blackbody curves of objects with different temperatures, the relationship between temperature and peak wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, and the greenhouse effect of Earth’s atmosphere.
Visualization: The Greenhouse Effect
A visualization to observe, understand, explore, and analyze the molecular structure of carbon compounds (CO2, CH4), the effect of electromagnetic radiation on these molecules, and the role of greenhouse gases in climate change.
Visualization: Melting Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise
An interactive visualization to explore the effects of melting ice sheets and the resulting sea level rise on coastal areas.
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Visualization: Blackbody Radiation and Planetary Temperatures
A visualization to understand blackbody radiation, the effects of albedo and solar brightness on the temperature of a planet, and the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere.
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Visualization: pH Levels of Oceans and Atmospheric CO2
A visualization that allows students to explore changes in the pH levels of oceans for different levels of atmospheric CO2. It includes visualizations of CO2 concentrations corresponding to various emission scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Visualization: The Effects of Sea-level Rise on the Coast of California
An interactive visualization to observe and understand the possible effects of sea-level rise and different storm scenarios on the coast of California.
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Visualization: The Changing pH of Ocean Water and Its Impact on Marine Life
A visualization to learn about the pH scale, the pH of different liquids, ocean acidification, and the possible impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.
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Visualization: Show Your Stripes: Changes in Temperature
A visualization to observe and analyze the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years. Each stripe represents the temperature in that country averaged over a year.
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Visualization: If Global Temperature Rises by 4 °C
An interactive visualization to observe the effects of a global temperature increase of 4 °C on human health, agriculture, forests, oceans and marine ecosystems, permafrost, water availability, and extreme climate events.
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Visualization: Infrared Spectra of Greenhouse Gases
A visualization to learn about the infrared (IR) spectra of different greenhouse gases and the effect of greenhouse gases on the Earth’s climate.
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Visualization, Classroom/Laboratory Activity: A Story Map on Climate Change and Human Migration
A visualization and classroom/laboratory activity to learn about regions and communities that are affected by the problem of climate refugees and environmental migration because of the effects of climate change.
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Interactive Resources: Data in the Classroom
NOAA’s ‘Data in the Classroom’, is a set of classroom/online activities based upon real time ocean data, to establish the potential link between the changes in oceans and marine life caused by climate change.
Quiz : “Carbon and the climate”
The “Carbon and the climate Quiz” is a simple yet thought-provoking activity suitable for school level students. The quiz has a set of questions about the role of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere, the carbon cycle, and climate change. Browse a collection of similar climate-related quizzes here.
Data Visualization of GHG Emissions
CAIT Climate Data Explorer by World Resources Institute (WRI) showcases the world’s top greenhouse gas-emitting countries with the latest global data available till the year 2013. This interactive chart can be used to explore it by country and by economic sector, showing how the top emitters have changed in recent years.
|Tool Name||World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Greenhouse gas emissions|
|Climate Topic||Climate variability record, The Greenhouse Effect|
|Type of Tool||Data Visualization|
|Grade Level||High school, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Graphic by Johannes Friedrich based on work by Duncan Clark, Kiln, Mike Bostock and Jason Davies, Jamie Cotta.|
Data by the World Resources Institute (WRI)
|Hosted at||CAIT Climate Data Explorer|
Visualization, Model/Simulator, Game: Build Planet Earth
A visualization/model/game to build your own version of planet Earth and learn about the Earth’s climate system and the factors that influence it by configuring various parameters and observing their effect on climate.
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Visualization: Radiation Balance and the Climate of a Planet
A visualization to learn about the factors that influence the climate of a planet.
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