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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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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 ...

Climate Timeline: And Beyond part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site contains a diverse suite of information about paleoclimates and climate science. An interactive time scale is provided with links to discussions, summaries, references and numerous other ...

TAO/TRITON Data Display part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website hosts realtime El Nino buoy data from the NOAA/PMEL/TAO project. From the website users can access buoy summary, time series, latitude-longitude and section plots as well as animations ...

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 ...

Geo-Ecological Study of Historic and Prehistoric Land Use in the Hopi Buttes area, Navajo Nation, Arizona part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This project examines land use, climatic variability, and their related impacts on land-surface conditions in the ecologically sensitive Hopi Buttes region of the Navajo Nation. Research on separate ...

Vostok Ice Core Lab Activity part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Columbia provides a lab activity that introduces students to Vostok ice core data. Students will examine the changes of temperature, carbon dioxide, methane, and dust as a function of ...

Modeling Earth's Temperature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity students use the STELLA program to create hierarchies of models of increasing complexity to understand the absorption of solar energy by the Earth and its radiation of that energy ...

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 ...

Seasons: Why It's Essential part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lesson gives high school students a clear understanding of why the seasons occur and reinforces the ability to articulate this concept to others. Students review the basics of the seasons and ...

CO2 and You part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lesson has students observe and quantify their household and vehicle energy consumption; explain the relationship between energy consumption, energy production, and its influences on the ...

Climate Variability part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity students will simulate climate variability and come to understand that long-term climate averages are the result of significant annual climate variability. After this activity ...

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 ...

Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2: A Record of Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students learn about efforts to study Earth's climatic history for the last 250,000 years by drilling into the Greenland Ice Sheet and examining ice cores. They will answer ...

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 ...

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is concerned with Earth science-related education, communication and outreach, and coordinating international Earth observation policy. IGES ...

Modeling Your Water Balance part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity sheet (PDF download) allows students to create a physical model illustrating the soil water balance using glasses to represent the soil column. They use data from the GLOBE Data Server ...

Global Climate Animations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Global Climate Animations site contains animations of the Earth's climate system for educational and research purposes. The animations show the climatology of the seasonal cycle for selected ...

Diurnal Temperature Changes and Water Vapor Content part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will examine data for air temperature and dewpoint temperature for two different days at the same station to understand how moisture in the air affects the diurnal ...

Water Vapor Circulation on Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Water vapor plays an important role in the water cycle and in the distribution of heat around the planet. By observing the movement of water vapor, scientists can study global wind patterns and the ...

Earth in Motion: Seasons part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Earth's orbit around the Sun, together with the tilt of its axis, results in periodic climate changes around the globe known as seasons. Different locations experience different types of climate ...

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