Instructor Materials: Overview of the Climate of Change Module
Summative Assessment: Student success in this module can be assessed through an exercise that involves labeling a diagram of climate system processes that might cause climate change and variability and describing the related human impacts and potential mitigations. Learn more about assessing student learning in this module.
In Unit 1, students engage in discussion regarding the topics of climate variability and climate change by first reading an article about the impacts of changes on human society and cultures in the past. Class discussion is facilitated by a gallery walk and focuses on examining the differences between climate change and climate variability on the different cultures, and the causes of climate change.
- Case Study 2.1 - Climate Variability in the Equatorial Pacific
- Case Study 2.2 - Climate Variability in the North Atlantic (supplemental)
- Case Study 3.1 - Predicting Patterns: What Does La Niña Look Like?
- Case Study 3.2 - Exploring Patterns: ENSO on the Global Stage (supplemental)
- Case Study 4.1 - Reflecting on What Is Happening to Greenland's Ice
- Case Study 4.2 - Predicting Glacial Futures (supplemental)
- Case Study 5.1 - Interactions: Climate's Tangled Web
- Case Study 5.2 - Interpretations: Reading the book of Earth (supplemental)
Making the Module Work
To adapt all or part of the Climate of Change module for your classroom you will also want to read through
- Instructor Stories, which detail how the Climate of Change module was adapted for use at three different institutions, as well as our guide to
- Adapting InTeGrate Modules and Courses for Your Classroom, which outlines how to effectively use InTeGrate modules and courses.