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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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Climate Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Carleton College features an introduction to modeling earth�s climate system using STELLA. Topics covered include basic concepts and processes of the earth�s climate system, model ...

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 ...

The Dating Game part of SERC Web Resource Collection

A classroom activity that simulates radioactive decay using M&M candies. Students explore the concept of half-life and learn about dating techniques while learning about mummified Weddell seals ...

Global Warming Facts and Our Future part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This virtual museum website provides easily understood scientific information that helps both policy makers and the public answer important questions about the changing global climate in order to ...

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 ...

National Energy Education Development: Curriculum Guides and Activities part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) project develops and distributes comprehensive, hands-on energy education programs to schools nationwide. These resources are correlated to the ...

Solar Energy Experiment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This experiment demonstrates that energy from the Sun can be collected and stored in a variety of ways. Using plastic bottles painted black and white and capped with balloons, students will see that ...

Orbital Forces: Student Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity teaches students about orbital motions and forces using a tennis ball swung by a ribbon. Students answer the question "What happens when you let the ball go?" Background information, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Differences Between Climate and Weather part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity will provide students with first hand knowledge of local weather changes and how they relates to local climates. After this activity students will understand the general distinctions ...

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 ...

Time and Cycles: Dendrochronology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will use pre-marked paper strips to simulate tree-ring core samples to help them understand that data for past climate changes can be gathered from sources beyond long-term ...

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 ...

Human Activity and Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will examine graphs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their increases associated with human activity. They will focus on carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ...

Water Models part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity has students construct models of the water cycle to illustrate its major components and processes, and adapt their models to show how they think water would cycle in various ecosystems. ...

The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides an overview of the Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect by briefly exploring the atmospheres of nearby planets and discussing the greenhouse gases of our atmosphere, such as, ...

Water Vapor Protocol part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The purpose of this activity is to measure the total precipitable water vapor (column water vapor) in the atmosphere above an observer's site. Students point a GLOBE/GIFTS water vapor instrument at ...

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 ...

Carbon Cycle in the Lab: Carbon Products and the Processes That Link Them part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab teaches students about the nature of carbon, the different types of compounds it exists in (e.g. charcoal, glucose, carbon dioxide), the biochemical reactions it takes part in ...

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