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.
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- Energy Flows A. Energy differences within and between the land, ocean, ice cover, and atmosphere result in energy flows that drive weather and climate variations.
- Feedbacks B. Earth's atmosphere, oceans, land, and ice are dynamic, but change at different rates. Significant changes in any of these are likely to influence all other components of the climate system in complex ways.
- Water Cycle C. Water cycling on Earth is fundamental to weather and climate.
- Carbon Cycle D. The carbon cycle influences climate in a variety of ways, including seasonal interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, and the formation and consumption of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas, is removed from the atmosphere in the ocean and other parts of the Earth system through biologic and geologic processes.
- Ocean Atmosphere E. Changes in the oceans impact the atmosphere and climate patterns around the globe. In turn, changes in the atmosphere impact the ocean temperatures and currents. The dominant pattern of natural climate variability - ENSO - provides an example of the dynamic coupling between ocean and atmosphere.
- Ocean Circulation F. Circulation in and evaporation of water from the oceans regulate the temperature of Earth. Changes in deep ocean circulation in the past have produced large and rare, abrupt changes in climate.
- Greenhouse Gases G. Relatively small increases in amounts of greenhouse gases-such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and some refrigerants-can magnify the greenhouse effect.
- Non-Linear Processes H. Interactions between components of the Earth's climate system result in changes to the system and produce emergent phenomena unique to the system. Human beings are an integral part of Earth's climate system. Human activities such as fossil fuel burning or deforestation can affect climate and alter the equilibrium of the climate system.
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Extinctions: Cycles Of Life and Death Through Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Coalbed Methane in Wyoming part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Vostok Ice Core Lab Activity part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Dating Game part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Global Climate Change Briefing Book part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Atmosphere-Ocean Model part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Changing Paleoclimates and Mass Extinctions part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Radiocarbon Web-Info part of SERC Web Resource Collection
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Scientific Visualization Studio part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Carbon Cycle part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Solar Energy Experiment part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Energy Use By Humans part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Ecology Lesson Plans part of SERC Web Resource Collection
GreenHouse Gas Online part of SERC Web Resource Collection
The Discovery of Rapid Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection
CO2 and You part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Atmospheric Processes: Radiation part of SERC Web Resource Collection