Climate Literacy CatalogThis 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.
Climate Literacy Principlesshowing only Sun Drives Earth System Show all Climate Literacy Principles
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- Solar Heat, Energy, Radiation A. Solar energy heats Earth's surface and thus the atmosphere, causing movements of air masses and introducing water in the global water cycle.
- Daily Variations, Diurnal Cycle B. Daily variations in solar energy over Earth, caused by the planet's spherical shape, influence many weather and climate processes.
- Axial Tilt C. The tilt of Earth on its axis causes solar energy to fall more directly on different parts of Earth during different times of the year, resulting in seasonal changes.
- Orbital Cycles D. Gradual changes in Earth's orbit around the Sun over tens of thousands of years alter the spatial distribution and intensity of solar energy received on Earth, causing long-term warming and cooling trends, such as ice ages and the warm periods in between them.
- Greenhouse Effect, UV, Infrared E. Gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide and water vapor, temporarily trap infrared radiation from the warmed surface of Earth. The additional warmth in the atmosphere created by the greenhouse effect allows liquid water and other life-supporting processes to exist on much of Earth's surface.
- Fossil Fuel Formation F. Sunlight is the ultimate source of most of the energy used by humans. The energy in fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal comes from energy captured long ago from the sun.
- Energy Balance G. Earth's climate is remarkably sensitive to changes in the planet's energy balance.
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The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Carbon Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection
On the Shoulders of Giants - Milutin Milankovitch part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Foundation for Water and Energy Education part of SERC Web Resource Collection
True Color MODIS Albedo image improves Climate Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection
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NSTA :: Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Greenhouse Effect In A Jar part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Earth's Orbit part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Planet Under Pressure part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Analyzing Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature Data Over Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Vital Climate Graphics part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Global Warming Facts and Our Future part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Recognizing Forests' Role in Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection
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
Global Climate Change Briefing Book part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Global Warming Art part of SERC Web Resource Collection
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Scientific Visualization Studio part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Interpreting Infrared Imagery part of SERC Web Resource Collection