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Climate Literacy Catalog

This collection of web sites was developed in the Fall of 2008 by Mark S. McCaffrey of CIRES Education and Outreach as a "next step" toward a reviewed and annotated collection of "cream of the crop" high quality digital resources that support the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy. Building on experience gained through the development of the Climate Change Collection, the goal of this phase of the effort is to begin to assemble a catalog of online resources that in the near future will be reviewed i) for scientific accuracy and currency by science experts, ii) for ease of use and appropriateness in educational settings and iii) annotated with any suggestions, concerns or ideas for enrichment and extensions to the resource.

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Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of CLEAN Collection

This is a semester-long jigsaw project in which students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics, and society. Students are presented ...

Power Source part of CLEAN Collection

In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' ...

Plugged in to CO2 part of CLEAN Collection

In this classroom activity, students measure the energy use of various appliances and electronics and calculate how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.

Oil Spill Cleanup part of CLEAN Collection

This hands-on activity will provide students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental clean-up. Students will create their own oil spill, try different methods for cleaning it ...

Climate of the Colorado Plateau part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the climate of the Colorado Plateau. Links within the text lead to additional information about the climate and ecology of this area. Links also lead to a ...

Climate Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Carleton College features an introduction to modeling earth�s climate system using STELLA. Topics covered include basic concepts and processes of the earth�s climate system, model ...

Coalbed Methane in Wyoming part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Coalbed methane (CH4) is a natural gas and valuable energy resource that occurs in coal beds. This site, hosted by an energy development corporation, explains the geology and stratigraphy of Wyoming ...

Ice Cores Teacher's Guide part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will learn how and why scientists drill ice cores in Greenland. They will use this knowledge to create an ice core that demonstrates how natural and human factors affect ...

Analyzing Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature Data Over Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students plot data on the concentrations of various greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere and look for trends. They will learn that greenhouse gases allow the Sun's light ...

Planet Under Pressure part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Planet Under Pressure is a six-part British Broadcasting Company (BBC) News Online series looking at some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the human race today. The series takes a ...

The Earth's Orbit part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These eleven activities relate to the results of the motion and position of the Earth in its orbit, investigating both the causes and the effects of changing seasons. It starts simply by trying to ...

Misconceptions about the Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Studies have shown that both students and the general public possess many misconceptions about the processes involved in the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion. This study, conducted in a mock ...

Global Warming Facts and Our Future part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This virtual museum website provides easily understood scientific information that helps both policy makers and the public answer important questions about the changing global climate in order to ...

Changing Paleoclimates and Mass Extinctions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article provides a model for climatic change and relates climatic cycles with major extinction events in the history of the Earth. It discusses the mechanisms behind modern climate zones ...

The Carbon Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Earth Observatory site contains detailed information on the carbon cycle of the Earth. It provides an explanation of the role of carbon in the geologic carbon cycle followed by a discussion of ...

Global Climate Change Briefing Book part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website presents general resources and legislative issues related to global climate change. The site includes greenhouse gas sources, trends and effects on the environment, the text of the Kyoto ...

The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a joint effort of NOAA Research and the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with ...

US Climate Change Science Program part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides information on the Climate Change Science Program which integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies. Links are provided to ...

On the Shoulders of Giants - Milutin Milankovitch part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Milutin Milankovitch formulated a comprehensive mathematical model that calculated latitudinal differences in solar radiation upon the Earth's surface and the corresponding surface temperatures ...

Differences Between Climate and Weather part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity will provide students with first hand knowledge of local weather changes and how they relates to local climates. After this activity students will understand the general distinctions ...

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