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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Case Study 2.2 - Climate Variability in the North Atlantic
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity walks students through a data set depicting climate variability in the North Atlantic, associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NOA). Students examine anomalies of precipitation and pressure ...

Unit 2: Climate Change, After the Storm
Jeff Thomas, Central Connecticut State University; Scott Linneman, Western Washington University; James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
The goal of Unit 2 is for students to apply what they learned about the methods of geoscience to complete an authentic and data-rich, lab-based activity to address the following problem: "To what extent ...

Case Study 2.1 - Climate Variability in the Equatorial Pacific
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity engages students in examining tropical Pacific pressure, sea-surface temperature, and precipitation data over a 10 year time span. Students work in groups to understand a data set, then debrief as a ...

Climate Change and Atlantic Hurricanes: A GIS Inquiry
Chris Van de Ven, Albion College
Students make hypotheses about how hurricane numbers, locations, or intensities have been changing, and then use hurricane tracks, wind speed, barometric pressure, and dates to test their hypotheses.

Teaching Climate Science by Studying Misinformation
Daniel Bedford
Students critically evaluate the arguments about climate change raised in a climate contrarian newspaper op-ed. This strengthens student critical thinking and content knowledge.

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