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Case Study 3.2 - Exploring Patterns: ENSO on the Global Stage
Cynthia Fadem, Earlham College
I designed this activity to allow students who have become somewhat familiar with the El NiƱo-Southern Oscillation to explore the reality of ocean surface temperature data. Students analyze a time series of SST ...

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 ...

Social Change and the Climate Crisis: Toward a Sustainable Future
Mary Lou Finley, Antioch University
Students gain hands-on research experience and increase their understanding of the applicability of theories of social change and further information about climate change.

Simulation of international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
David Hastings, Eckerd College
In order to convey how the international community is responding to climate change, students engage in a simulation of the international negotiation process. Participants learn first hand the interests of different ...

Public Service Announcement (PSA) About Climate Change (Higher Ed)
Juliette Rooney-Varga, UMass Lowell
Producing a PSA is an ideal culminating project for an interdisciplinary course on climate change and related topics. The PSA assignment requires high-level synthesis of content and, through it, students learn first-hand about the challenges of communicating about climate change to a general audience in a compelling way. The assignment offers the opportunity for students to engage with the material, consider what they want society to understand or do, use creativity and twenty-first century technology and communication tools, and become empowered to enter societal discourse about climate change.

Confronting the political economy of climate change
Dave Wells, Arizona State University
Students apply economics, politics and sociology to better understand why cap and trade is the preferred political approach, but also why it's potentially problematic.

Mock Environmental Summit
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming. -

Climate change and human pre-history
Achim Herrmann, George Washington University
This is an activity that I do at the beginning of a critical thinking seminar when we talk about the emergence of human civilization and its relationship to climate change. It introduces and sets the framework for ...

Quaternary Paleoecology and Climate Change, Bladen County, NC
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Interpretation of Quaternary pollen record from Carolina Bay lakes in southeastern NC. This records goes back to the last interglacial and shows how much climate has changed vegetation even in this unglaciated ...

Impact of climate change on endangered fish population in Pyramid Lake
Karletta Chief, Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute Topic: hydrology, ecology Course type: Graduate level course Description Pyramid Lake Pyramid Lake is located approximately 40 miles northeast of ...