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Unit 1 Forecasting Climate Variability and Change: A Matter of Survival
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado (lucinda.shellito@unco.edu)
An Introduction to Climate Variability, Climate Change, and Climate Impacts This unit is designed to engage students in the topics of climate variability and climate change by introducing them to impacts of ...

Effectively engaging with climate skeptics
Jessica Kleiss, Lewis & Clark College
One of my persistent challenges as a climate scientist involves friendly conversations with my extended (climate skeptic) family over the Thanksgiving table, as I try to inform and guide their perceptions about ...

Oceans and Climate Debate
Branwen Williams, Claremont McKenna College
This activity orally tests students understanding of the links between ocean processes and global climate change. It is set up as a debate with students serving as the science experts and volunteer faculty serving ...

Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity requires students to use a simple spreadsheet model to consider the roles of solar luminosity, planetary albedo, and greenhouse gases in controlling surface temperature in the present and during the ...

Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity requires students to examine global climate model output available online and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students ...

Unit 3: Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University; Rick Oches, Bentley University; Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Penn St. Harrisburg; Laura Wright, Western Carolina University
After being introduced to scientific communication in Unit 2, students will continue by exploring different literary representations of climate change during this unit. Students will analyze various kinds of ...

Heat Transport in the Climate System
Christopher Kopf, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
This is an introductory activity designed for small groups in a single 50 minute class period. The exercise stresses interpretation of data from a simple graph, and helps students to integrate information on heat ...

Introduction to Global Climate Change Through Classroom Discussion
Becca Edwards, Southwestern University
A classroom discussion about global climate change designed for a general undergraduate classroom. Discussion is facilitated by a 10-15 minute brainstorming session or gallery walk.

Unit 2: Communicating Climate 1: The Science of Climate Change
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University; Rick Oches, Bentley University; Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Penn St. Harrisburg; Laura Wright, Western Carolina University
Using climate data, students develop a graph and present the result in a blog, emphasizing effective scientific communication. Students work individually or in teams to graph, describe, and explain the data sets in ...

Case Study 5.1 - Interactions: Climate's Tangled Web
Cynthia Fadem, Earlham College
I designed this activity as a role-playing game to help students understand both the concept of climate modeling and how the climate system works. Students take on the role of a climate system component, examining ...

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