Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Students use the Arctic Sea Extent (total area) data from 1979 to the present to predict the trend in area for the next several years. Data is from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
- Students investigate the disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice and have an opportunity to research effects.
- Critical thinking and using a linear regression to discover a trend in nonlinear data.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Student teams investigate Arctic Sea Ice by analyzing actual data and making predictions. A worthwhile extension is to predict the first year that the Arctic Ocean will be ice free.
The Arctic Sea Ice Project (Acrobat (PDF) 752kB Mar17 13)The data and sources: Data Spreadsheet and LaTeX source file (Zip Archive 3.1MB Mar17 13)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- Assess the critical thinking displayed with the analysis of the trend.
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