Lab 3: Climatology Basics-What Factors Affect Climate?

The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of TERC for the EarthLabs project.

Summary and Learning Objectives

Students use graphics, NASA animations, and a variety of diagrams of weather and climate patterns to explore the physical factors that influence climate (latitude, altitude, proximity to water). They also learn about the three levels of drivers that create weather and climate at various spatial scales (Global, Regional, and Local).

After completing this investigation, students will be able to:

  • describe and identify the three levels of weather and climate drivers: global, regional, and local; and
  • compare and contrast the time scales of weather and climate.

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