Ideas for Teaching about Large Lakes and Climate
Using Real-World Data to Examine Climate Change Implications for Lake Superior - Use existing climate data for Lake Superior to hypothesize about and explore the trends of water and air temperature.
Using lake core data to show human environmental impacts - Explore how anthropogenic changes to landscapes can be represented in lake core features over time.
Up-scaling Great Lakes sediment cores to the regional climate scale - Correlate sediment-core thickness to past temperatures and wind systems to and evaporation rates to unravel past environments, including climate phenomenon such as temperature and precipitation.
Dune Geomorphology - Examine LiDAR, GPR and particle size data to study littoral geomorphology and reconstruct lake levels in the Lake Michigan Basin.
Initial core description using Image-J - Small-group analysis by 3-5 students each of lake sediment cores from the same site.