Teaching Module: Feedback Mechanisms

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A teaching module titled ‘Feedback mechanisms’ from the e-learning course titled ‘Earth in the Future’ developed by Timothy Bralower and David Bice, The Pennsylvania State University. This module discusses the various feedback mechanisms and is listed in Module 3: Earth’s Climate System of the e-learning course. This overview reading can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about long term cycles and feedback mechanisms. The reading includes the energy flow in the climate system of the earth. The reading includes the following topics: 

  1. Ice-Albedo Feedback 
  2. Weathering Feedback 
  3. Cloud Feedback 
  4. Positive and Negative Feedbacks

Students will learn about feedback mechanisms and their role in maintaining the earth’s energy and temperature. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discusses the flow of energy in the Earth’s climate system. 
  2. Discuss the various feedback mechanisms and their role in regulating temperature?

About the Tool 

Tool NameFeedback Mechanisms
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineFeedback Mechanisms, Energy Flow, Climate System, Ice-Albedo Feedback, Weathering Feedback, Cloud Feedback, Positive Feedback, Negative Feedback
Climate Topic Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Developed byTimothy Bralower and David Bice
Hosted atEarth in the Future, The Pennsylvania State University 
Computer SkillsBasic

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