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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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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

On the Shoulders of Giants - Milutin Milankovitch part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Milutin Milankovitch formulated a comprehensive mathematical model that calculated latitudinal differences in solar radiation upon the Earth's surface and the corresponding surface temperatures for ...

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 ...

Oil Spill Cleanup part of CLEAN Collection

This hands-on activity will provide students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental clean-up. Students will create their own oil spill, try different methods for cleaning it ...

Power Source part of CLEAN Collection

In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' prior ...

Plugged in to CO2 part of CLEAN Collection

In this classroom activity, students measure the energy use of various appliances and electronics and calculate how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.

Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of CLEAN Collection

This is a semester-long jigsaw project in which students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics, and society. Students are presented ...

" + theTitle + " part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This interactive map and database allows users to access paleoclimate data from around the world. Users can choose the type of paleoclimate data (e.g. treerings, fire history, etc) and the location ...

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 ...

Examine infrared images that show variation in surface temperature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Find a somewhat blurry Flash animation exhibiting five years worth of surface average temperatures. Note seasonal land/water temperature contrasts. The animation can be paused and rewound to ...



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