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The Greenhouse Effect


An interactive simulation to explore the role of different greenhouse gases in causing the greenhouse effect. This PhET simulation titled, ‘The Greenhouse Effect’ by University of Colorado, Boulder, helps to visualise the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere.

Students will learn how certain gases in the atmosphere absorb outgoing terrestrial radiation and re-radiate the energy back to Earth’s surface. Using the simulation, they will also be able to adjust the concentration of different greenhouse gases and to note the corresponding surface temperatures of the planet.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are greenhouse gases?
  2. What is the ‘greenhouse effect’ of the Earth’s atmosphere?
  3. Discuss how varying concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere cause global warming.
About Tool
Tool Name The Greenhouse Effect
Discipline Chemistry
Topic(s) in Discipline Environmental Chemistry, Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Emissions, Fossil Fuels, Atmosphere, Carbon Chemistry, Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming
Climate Topic Greenhouse Effect, Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of tool Model/Simulation
Grade Level High School, Middle School
Location Global
Language English, French, German, and Spanish 
Translation      –
Developed by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado
Hosted at PhET Interactive Simulations Website
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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