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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 ...

NSIPP: North America Water Vapor and Soil Moisture part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides an animation of atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture from December 1999 through June 2000 for North America from the NSIPP global climate model.

True Color MODIS Albedo image improves Climate Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The MODIS instrument, flying aboard NASAs Terra and Aqua satellites, measures how much solar radiation is reflected by the Earths surface almost every day over the entire planet. Zooming in on ...

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This interactive map and database allows users to access paleoclimate data from around the world. Users can choose the type of paleoclimate data (e.g. treerings, fire history, etc) and the location ...

Orbiting Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation contrasts the geostationary versus polar orbits for satellites. For a geostationary orbit, the satellite remains directly above a fixed point at all times; in time with the ...

Environment Statistics: Carbon Efficiency By Country part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This table displays the Carbon economic efficiency for 141 countries in metric tons per U.S. dollar of gross domestic product (GDP). The data can be displayed in order by rank (first to last), or in ...

NSTA :: Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information and the ability to purchase the NSTA book: Climate Change from Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations. The book contains six researched and field-tested activities, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 to pass ...

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 ...

Recognizing Forests' Role in Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explains the importance of forests in the carbon cycle and why they must be preserved. Topics include carbon sequestration in forests and strategies for forest-based mitigation of global ...

The Essence of Ecology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This tutorial provides an introduction to basic concepts of ecology such as species extinction, generalist and specialist adaptation strategies, and the relation between extinction of one species and ...

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 ...

MY NASA DATA Contributed Lesson 11: Seasonal Cloud Cover Variations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lesson is designed to help students gain knowledge in using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) to specify and download a microset of data, then to use the data to determine the seasonal ...

Where in the World is Carbon Dioxide? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This three part activity has students set up experiments to help them better understand the atmospheric portion of the carbon cycle. From this activity, they will be able to explain the concept of ...

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 ...

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