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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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Global Warming Art part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Like all sciences, the study of climate change relies upon a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the data. It is the goal of Global Warming Art to make some of that data accessible to the ...

The Greenhouse Effect In A Jar part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This simple experiment serves as an introduction to the greenhouse effect. Students can see for themselves the effects of a greenhouse, and relate this understanding to what occurs in our atmosphere.

The Earth's Orbit part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These eleven activities relate to the results of the motion and position of the Earth in its orbit, investigating both the causes and the effects of changing seasons. It starts simply by trying to ...

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 ...

Analyzing Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature Data Over Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students plot data on the concentrations of various greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere and look for trends. They will learn that greenhouse gases allow the Sun's light to pass ...

Ice Cores Teacher's Guide part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will learn how and why scientists drill ice cores in Greenland. They will use this knowledge to create an ice core that demonstrates how natural and human factors affect ...

Vital Climate Graphics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This collection of graphic images, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations, provides visual information on climate change issues that makes it possible to ...

Infrared Gallery part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Human eyes cannot see infrared wavelengths, but with the help of false-color imaging, temperature differences become visible and invisible features are suddenly illuminated. This interactive gallery ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Recognizing Forests' Role in Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explains the importance of forests in the carbon cycle and why they must be preserved. Topics include carbon sequestration in forests and strategies for forest-based mitigation of global ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher's Domain: Understanding the Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this lesson, students learn about ways in which scientists study past climate change. These studies involve investigations of ice cores taken from the vast ice sheet that covers Greenland and ...

The Essence of Ecology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This tutorial provides an introduction to basic concepts of ecology such as species extinction, generalist and specialist adaptation strategies, and the relation between extinction of one species and ...

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 ...

Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems ...

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 ...



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