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Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity describes the construction of and then experimentation with a STELLA model of the thermohaline circulation in the north Atlantic. Based on a famous paper by Stommel (1961), this model exhibits two ...

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Natural causes, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Natural causes

US Historical Climate: Excel Statistical part of Examples
Students import US Historical Climate Network mean temperature data into Excel from a station of their choice and use Excel for statistical calculations, graphing, and linear trend estimates.

Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Measurements, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change

Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC) part of Examples
Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric gases, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes

Daisyworld: Stella Mac or PC part of Examples
After constructing a Stella model of Daisyworld students perform guided experiments to explore the behavior of Daisyworld to changes in model parameters and assumptions.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climate Change:Global change modeling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Biology:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Forecasting, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Global change modeling

World Population Activity II: Excel part of Examples
(Activity 2 of 2)In this intermediate Excel tutorial students import UNEP World population data/projections, graph this data, and then compare it to the mathematical model of logistic growth.

Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population, Mathematics:Statistics

World Population Activity I: Excel part of Examples
(Activity 1 of 2) This activity is primarily intended as an introductory tutorial on using Excel. Students use Excel to explore population dynamics using the Logistic equation for (S-shaped) population growth.

Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population, Mathematics:Statistics

Mass Balance Model part of Examples
Students are introduced to the concept of mass balance, flow rates, and equilibrium using an online interactive water bucket model.

Subject: Physics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Wind Surge: Interactive On-line Mac and PC part of Examples
Wind surge is a JAVA based applet for exploring how water level on the windward and leeward side of a basin depends on wind speed, basin length, water depth, and boundary type.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Winds, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical

Energy Balance Climate Model: Stella Mac and PC part of Examples
Students explore a Global Energy Balance Climate Model Using Stella II. Response of surface temperature to variations in solar input, atmospheric and surface albedo, atmospheric water vapor and carbon dioxide, volcanic eruptions, and mixed layer ocean depth. Climate feedbacks such as water vapor or ice-albedo can be turned on or off.

Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance

Human Demographics part of Examples
In this biology simulation students explore factors that change human population growth including age at which women begin to bear children, fertility rate and death rate.

Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population:Developing/Developed Countries, Biology, Environmental Science:Human Population, Sociology, Environmental Science, Education