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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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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 ...

Extinctions: Cycles Of Life and Death Through Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

As part of the Hooper Virtual Paleontological Museum this site provides a detailed summary of extinction events throughout time, hypotheses for their causes and the long-term implications of such ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Atmosphere-Ocean Model part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Atmosphere-Ocean Model is a computer program that simulates the Earth's climate in three dimensions on a gridded domain. The model requires that the user enter two kinds of input, specified ...

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Scientific Visualization Studio part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the web page for The Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS), a branch of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) that generates visuals to promote a greater understanding of ...

Radiocarbon Web-Info part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource contains reference materials on the radiocarbon dating method. Beginning with a summarization of the method, descriptions of three principal means of measuring residual carbon14 (14C) ...

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 ...

What Factors Impact a Greenhouse? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity has students use a model to investigate factors in greenhouse heating and cooling. The type of surface that sunlight first encounters is the most important factor. Forests, grasslands, ...

Atmospheric Processes: Radiation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students investigate how different surfaces absorb heat and apply their experience with the surfaces to interpret real-world situations. From this information, they come to ...

Foundation for Water and Energy Education part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Foundation is committed to providing balanced information regarding the use of water as a renewable energy resource in the Northwest. All segments of the public have become increasingly concerned ...

Windows to the Universe: The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

At this site, users can read a basic explanation of the greenhouse effect, which is accompanied by a diagram illustrating the concept. This link is to the intermediate version, but beginner and ...

Energy: The Issue of Renewables part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Schools spend more on energy than on computers and textbooks combined. Reducing energy use is an effective way to help cash-strapped schools funnel more money into the classroom instead of the local ...

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 ...

Carbon Dioxide: The Heat is On part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will observe the effect of the gases resulting from a burned fossil fuel on the heat absorption of air and determine the ability of phytoplankton to remove greenhouse gases ...

Bad Greenhouse part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is designed to belie the statement that the greenhouse effect is caused when gases in the atmosphere behave as a blanket and trap radiation which is then reradiated to the Earth. Students ...

Microwave Remote Sensing: Clouds, Precipitation, and Water Vapor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This module provides an introduction to polar-orbiting-satellite-based microwave remote sensing products that depict moisture and precipitation in the atmosphere. The module begins with definitions ...

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 ...

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