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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

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) .

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Reflection and Absorption of Light part of Examples

Students use a microcomputer connected to a light sensor and temperature probe to explore the reflection and absorption of light.

Comparing Sunscreens part of Examples

Students use a microcomputer connected to an ultra-violet sensor to compare the relative blocking power of different SPF sunscreens for the UVB region of the solar spectrum.