Climate Literacy Catalog

This collection of web sites was developed in the Fall of 2008 by Mark S. McCaffrey of CIRES Education and Outreach as a "next step" toward a reviewed and annotated collection of "cream of the crop" high quality digital resources that support the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy. Building on experience gained through the development of the Climate Change Collection, the goal of this phase of the effort is to begin to assemble a catalog of online resources that in the near future will be reviewed i) for scientific accuracy and currency by science experts, ii) for ease of use and appropriateness in educational settings and iii) annotated with any suggestions, concerns or ideas for enrichment and extensions to the resource.

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Elementary GLOBE Earth Systems Module part of CLEAN Collection

Several activities that introduce students to the concepts of earth as a series of systems that are all connected. All of the activities reinforce the idea that water, air, soil, and living things ...

Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of CLEAN Collection

This is a semester-long jigsaw project in which students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics, and society. Students are presented ...

Power Source part of CLEAN Collection

In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' ...

Oil Spill Cleanup part of CLEAN Collection

This hands-on activity will provide students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental clean-up. Students will create their own oil spill, try different methods for cleaning it ...

Plugged in to CO2 part of CLEAN Collection

In this classroom activity, students measure the energy use of various appliances and electronics and calculate how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.

Climate Status Investigations (CSI) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Keystone Center's curriculum website has over 65 lessons developed to introduce middle and high school teachers and their students to the topic of climate change and to provide new ways of ...

NSTA :: Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information and the ability to purchase the NSTA book: Climate Change from Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations. The book contains six researched and field-tested activities, ...

Climate Status Investigations: CO2 and Mass part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity, designed for grades 5-8, poses the question, does CO2 have mass? In this activity, students will use baking soda and vinegar to produce CO2 and trap it in a balloon. After puncturing ...

Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems ...

Global Warming Art part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Like all sciences, the study of climate change relies upon a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the data. It is the goal of Global Warming Art to make some of that data accessible to the ...

The Greenhouse Effect In A Jar part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This simple experiment serves as an introduction to the greenhouse effect. Students can see for themselves the effects of a greenhouse, and relate this understanding to what occurs in our atmosphere.

Environment Statistics: Carbon Efficiency By Country part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This table displays the Carbon economic efficiency for 141 countries in metric tons per U.S. dollar of gross domestic product (GDP). The data can be displayed in order by rank (first to last), or in ...

Microwave Remote Sensing: Clouds, Precipitation, and Water Vapor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This module provides an introduction to polar-orbiting-satellite-based microwave remote sensing products that depict moisture and precipitation in the atmosphere. The module begins with definitions ...

Orbiting Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Flash animation contrasts the geostationary versus polar orbits for satellites. For a geostationary orbit, the satellite remains directly above a fixed point at all times; in time with the ...

Examine infrared images that show variation in surface temperature part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Find a somewhat blurry Flash animation exhibiting five years worth of surface average temperatures. Note seasonal land/water temperature contrasts. The animation can be paused and rewound to ...

Misconceptions about the Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Studies have shown that both students and the general public possess many misconceptions about the processes involved in the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion. This study, conducted in a mock ...

" + theTitle + " part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This interactive map and database allows users to access paleoclimate data from around the world. Users can choose the type of paleoclimate data (e.g. treerings, fire history, etc) and the location ...

Paleo Data Search | Search | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Greenland ice-core records provide an exceptionally clear picture of many aspects of abrupt climate changes, and particularly of those associated with the Younger Dryas event, as reviewed here. ...

Vital Climate Graphics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This collection of graphic images, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations, provides visual information on climate change issues that makes it possible to ...

Recognizing Forests' Role in Climate Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explains the importance of forests in the carbon cycle and why they must be preserved. Topics include carbon sequestration in forests and strategies for forest-based mitigation of global ...