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Daisyworld Model part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
In this exercise, students recreate the classic Daisyworld model of Watson and Lovelock (1983). Daisyworld is a planet covered by two species of daisy, one white and one black, whose growth is determined by ...

Modeling Earth's Energy Balance part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
In this exercise, students use the STELLA box modeling software to determine Earth's temperature based on incoming solar radiation and outgoing terrestrial radiation. Starting with a simple black body model, ...

Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity describes the construction of and then experimentation with a STELLA model of the thermohaline circulation in the north Atlantic. Based on a famous paper by Stommel (1961), this model exhibits two ...

What's Wrong with This Picture? part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
In LectureTools, after an introduction to basics of energy transfer students are presented with image of infrared radiation and asked which parts of image make sense and which parts do not. This invariably leads to ...

Temperature data and Climatology part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
Students learn what climate data is available for their area and how to access and use that data. Students will learn how to read and interpret climatological graphs.

Earth System Science Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Earth System Science
The lab activities in this module were adapted by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. These activities are based on the Exploring the Connections activities in the Earth as a System chapter of the GLOBE ...

Energy Balance Game part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
This online game activity introduces students to Earth's radiative energy balance. It also explores the use of a simple climate model in the attribution of climate change.

An Experiential Pedagogy for Sustainability Ethics: The Externalities Game part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Games:Examples
The Externalities Game is a non-cooperative game that teaches students about the concept of environmental externalities and allows them to directly experience the moral dimensions of collective action problems. It ...

Tectonics of Fiction part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This writing project of our Tectonics course is assigned at the start of the semester and due near the end. It is a group project that encourages creativity, cooperation, and synthesis of an entire ...

How Can Models Be Used To Study Climate Change? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Students utilize ice core data to develop a simple climate model, test it and then analyze, through reading IPCC materials, what other variables might need to be included in a model that more accurately predicts climate response to forcings. They are then asked to reflect on the use of models in scientific inquiry and on climate skeptics view of climate models.

Lab 4: When Precipitation Patterns Change part of EarthLabs for Educators:Drought
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives × Precipitation ...

Communications Booster: Exploring Regional Differences in Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
Anna Lewis, University of South FloridaJon A. Leydens, Colorado School of MinesJulie Lambert, Florida Atlantic University This page builds on teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection along with ...

Communications Booster: Carbon Cycle and Carbon Reservoirs part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
Alberto Ramirez, Frederick Community College, Frederick (MD)Elisabeth Harthcock, San Jacinto College, Pasadena (TX) Laura Rico-Beck, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) This page builds on teaching ...

Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Problem part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in May, 2012 and are not ...

Comparing Climate Records from Multiple Locations part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in May, 2012 and are not ...

Forest Management and the Carbon Cycle part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were created by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in May, 2012 and are not ...

Modeling the Complexities of the Carbon Cycle Utilizing Excel part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in May, 2012 and are not ...

Making Sustainable Business Decisions In Four Different Industries and Their Effect on People (Social), Planet (Environment), and Profit (Economics) part of SISL:Activities
The student will gain a better understanding of "Global Warming" and the "Triple Bottom Line" by viewing the first two videos. Further the CEO2 game will introduce many new ideas/options that specific industries have to select from in achieving their desired corporate/company goals.

El Nino Southern Oscillation part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
This is a lab activity done in class (equipped with computers) and taught by TA's. The lab section is 2.5 hours, but this activity does not take that entire time period.

Ocean Gyre Circulation and Patterns of Global Primary Productivity part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
This teaching activity provides a visual framework for understanding the relationship/connection between ocean gyre circulation and primary productivity. Students demonstrate their own understanding of surface ...