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Student Lead Discussions: Articles from the Literature and Final Writing Assignment
Dave Dempsey, San Francisco State University
This is a two-stage assignment. The first stage is a student-led discussion of a set of closely related articles selected by the instructors from the climate change literature. The second stage is an 8-12 page ...

History of Climate Science
Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School
Students work in small groups to conduct online research on a random set of important historical events in climate science then categorize whether these events were "scientific", "cultural", ...

Climate Instability and Disease
Clarissa Dirks, The Evergreen State College
The module was designed to introduce students to a variety of biological processes of infectious disease that are connected through human activities and climate instability.

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 ...

Action to Enhance Sustainability
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
This assignment is a 10-hour, out-of-class project where each student designs and carries out an action plan to enhance sustainability. Students select from a large suite of alternative actions, most of which can be quantified for reductions in CO2 and energy consumption, as well as in dollar savings.

Interpreting Antarctic Sediment Cores: A Record of Dynamic Neogene Climate
Kristen St. John, James Madison University
This exercise set focuses on the use of sedimentary facies (lithologies interpreted to record particular depositional environments) to interpret paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic changes in Neogene sediment ...

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise
Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Google Earth Tours of Glacier Change
Mauri Pelto
A detailed Google Earth tour of glacier change over the last 50 years is given in class as an introduction. Students are then asked to select from a group of glaciers and create their own Google Earth tour ...

Ice Core Exercise
William Locke, Montana State University-Bozeman
This assignment (for upper-division/graduate students) provides exposure to ice core data, problem-solving to register data sets, technical challenges in data manipulation and statistics, and an opportunity to ...

Carbon Footprint Exercise
Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
We designed a three-step assignment for students in introductory geoscience that asks them to calculate their carbon footprint during one specific week. The goal of the assignment is to increase student awareness ...