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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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Welcome Students!

In this module you will be learning about the climate system, how it works, how it changes, and how it impacts human society. You will learn to look at climate data and interpret patterns and predictions. Below you will find links to readings to help you prepare for class discussions about climate variability and climate change. You will also find study guides with vocabulary, concept lists, and review questions. You can use these resources as needed to prepare for class, test your knowledge, and study for exams!

Unit 1: Forecasting Climate Variability and Change: A Matter of Survival

In this unit, you will read an article about the impacts of climate on past civilizations. You will also learn about how the climate system works, and factors that force changes in climate.

Unit 1 Reading: Climate Forecasting and Adaptation through the Ages

Unit 1 Study Guide: Climate Variability and Change

Unit 2: Deciphering Climate Variability

The activities in this unit give you an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a scientist, and learn how to read and interpret climate data on maps. You will examine data from the tropical Pacific or from the North Atlantic or from both. You will find that the climate in these regions of the globe is very sensitive to changes in the motion of the atmosphere and oceans.

Unit 2 Reading: Observing Climate Variability

Unit 2 Study Guide: Practice Deciphering and Interpreting Climate Data Maps

Unit 3: Anomalous Behavior

Activities in this unit allow you to explore the ENSO system and contemplate the nature of global ocean surface oscillations. You will gain experience reading sea surface temperature and SST anomaly maps, as well as calculating recurrence interval.

Unit 3 Reading: From Anomaly to Oscillation

Unit 3 Study Guide: ENSO

Unit 4: Slow and Steady?

In this unit you will consider recent changes in the Greenland ice sheet, including albedo changes from a variety of elevations on the ice sheet and area changes for some of Greenland's marine-terminating outlet glaciers.

Unit 4 Reading: Interpreting Albedo Data

Unit 4 Study Guide: Slow and Steady

Unit 5: systems@play

In this unit you will become part of the climate system and explore the interaction of its components. You will gain experience graphing and analyzing greenhouse gas data and modeling a future climate.

Unit 5 Reading: Your Climate Family

Unit 5 Study Guide: Climate Components and Models

Unit 6: Adapting to a Changing World

In this unit, you will investigate national attitudes, as well as your own attitude, about climate change and distinguish between climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation. You will also discuss several examples of climate change adaptation strategies from the United States and other countries.

Unit 6 Reading: Adaptation and Mitigation

Unit 6 Study Guide: Climate Change and You



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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
Explore the Collection »