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Climate Change and Interpreting Ice Core Data
Topic: Interpret and accurately use graphed data
Course Type: upper level
Individual Study: Look at a simple graph; what conclusions, if any, can you draw given the data?
Teams Study: Talk about the graph from individual study. Review axis of graphs; What do you know about graphs? What conclusions can you come to about the graph? Did everyone have the same interpretation?
Individual Study: Look at four time series graphs:
CO2, volcanic and solar forcings over the past 1000 years
Three different temperature records over the past 2000 years
Ultimately, we would make our own time series graphs (3 total) using NOAA data points. These would include:
- graphing variations in solar radiation,
- volcanic activity, and
- CO2 levels vs. temperature change over the last 1000 years.
How would you interpret each of these graphs?
Looking at all the graphs, what conclusions, if any, can you make?
- Discuss each team's interpretations of the data.
- Do all interpretations agree?
- Why or why not?
- What additional questions do students have about the data?
Interpret and accurately use graphed data:
- X and Y Axis
- correlation vs causation
- extrapolating Big Ideas from multiple data sets
- X and Y Axis
- making an argument based on evidence
If they came to the correct conclusions...