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Carbon flux in the atmosphere

Dan Zalles, SRI International

Topic: carbon cycle - climate change
Course type: Introductory undergraduate course


Model of inputs and outputs, flow rates, and feedback loops -- as simple as possible to get the focal understanding across and maintain basic accuracy without overwhelming introductory level students with too much information and too much complexity.

Learning Goals or Outcomes

For students to understand the relationships between carbon sequestration and carbon respiration/emission in the Earth system

How would you assess whether those goals have been met?

If students can interpret the model, and manipulate the model within constraints that maintain the model's accuracy