Initial Publication Date: December 12, 2005

Name of Resource: NOAA Paleo Perspective on Global Warming
Climate Change Theme: General Information
Sponsoring Organization: NOAA Paleoclimatology
Intended use: Background materials
Intended audience:
Educator and Learners
Average Review Ratings (Poor to Excellent, 1-5 scale): 4.5 stars

Description: Excellent explanation of current scientific thinking about global warming and its causes.
Places current climate changes in the context of past climate variability. Useful graphics and description of scientific peer review process. Includes Spanish language version.

Summary of Reviews

Reviewer: Carrie Morrill 5 stars
Comments: The "Final Word" section is particularly useful for understanding current scientific thinking on this subject. link text (Acrobat (PDF) 59kB Jun20 05)

Reviewer: Robert Croft 4 stars
Comments: There are no student activities linked to this site. It is a great site but it will take a teacher to pull it together in a suitable fashion for classroom use.
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Reviewer: Kirsten Butcher 4 stars
Comments: The site provides useful information for beginners—for example, key terminology and summaries of background information, scientific data and findings, and importance—but also gives more advanced users easy access to more rigorous materials. These more advanced materials include animations of data records, full scientific references, and raw data. The site does not provide prepackaged lesson plans, so an educator will need to do preparatory work to explore the site, choose relevant information, develop assignments and assessments, etc. However, there is a good deal of useful information located here.
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