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Comparing Carbon Calculators part of Examples

Carbon calculators, no matter how well intended as tools to help measure energy footprints, tend to be black boxes and can produce wildly different results, depending on the calculations used to weigh various ...

Quantitative Skills: Models and Modeling

Global Temperatures part of Examples

Students analyze the global temperature record from 1867 to the present. Long-term trends and shorter-term fluctuations are both evaluated.

The Modern Atmospheric CO2 Record part of Examples

Students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric CO2.

Quantitative Skills: Graphs

Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1 part of Examples

In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data archived at the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library (more info) .

Stratospheric Ozone part of Examples

Students explore observational data from ozone-sondes, TOMS, and UARS measurements to learn about changes in stratospheric ozone over the past several decades.

Water Quality-Total Dissolved Solids part of Examples

Students use a microcomputer connected to a conductivity probe to measure the total dissolved solids in local area water samples.

Sun Spot Analysis part of Examples

Introductory students use Excel to graph monthly mean Greenwich sunspot numbers from 1749 to 2004 and perform a spectral analysis of the data using the free software program "Spectra".

Quantitative Skills: Differential Equations and Integrals, Probability and Statistics:Describing Data Distribution, Graphs, Fourier Series, Spectral Analysis

Using Mass Balance to Understand Atmospheric CFCs part of Examples

Students use an interactive online mass balance model help understand the observed levels of chlorofluorocarbon CFC-12 over the recent past.

Quantitative Skills: Probability and Statistics:Describing Data Distribution, Models and Modeling, Graphs

Investigating the Ocean: Exploring ecological provinces using satellite imagery and oceanographic cruise data part of Examples

Using Satellite Data and Google Earth to Explore the Shape of Ocean Basins and Bathymetry of the Sea Floor part of Examples

This activity is for an introductory oceanography course. It is designed to allow students to use various tools (satellite images, Google Earth) to explore the shape of the sea floor and ocean basins in order to gain a better understanding of both the processes that form ocean basins, as well as how the shape of ocean basins influences physical and biological processes.