Going Further


  • Design a sediment core which tells a climate story of the future. Predict what the sediment cores will look like 100,000 years from now.
  • Use the tool to predict and create a sediment core from one or more of those locations: closer to the equator, off the coast of Hawaii, close to mouth of a large river, a large fresh water lake.
  • Discuss the question: How do these cores help us know what climate was like in the past?
  • View more of the cores at this site Images of Cores (passwords 'andrill, andrill') to see how they are similar and different. Find event boundaries between the sediment types that tell a story.

Other Resources

Video tutorials are available to help you get started with PSICAT Video Tutorials

Related Case Studies

Within the EET there are several related case studies that explore the causes and / or impacts of climate change. These lessons could be used to develop a complete unit on the topic.
Is Greenland Melting?Explore working conditions on the Greenland Ice Sheet, measure melt area extents and rate of glacial movement with My World GIS.

Understanding Carbon Storage in ForestsCompare field collected data with results produced by a forest biomass model to understand the process and challenges scientists face when doing terrestrial carbon cycle research.

Exploring Regional Differences in Climate ChangeProduce and analyze graphs to compare climate predictions among U.S. states through the year 2100.

Whither Arctic Sea Ice?Animate thirty years of sea ice images, measure the ice extent each year, and then graph and analyze the results.

Exploring NCAR Climate Change Data Using GISUse ArcGIS to visualize and analyze NCAR climate change scenario.

Using NASA NEO and ImageJ to Explore the Role of Snow Cover in Shaping ClimateUse ImageJ to explore and animate satellite images of reflected short wave radiation, snow cover, and land surface temperature downloaded from the NASA Earth Observation (NEO) Web site. Then use NEO's Image Composite Editor (ICE) to observe, graph, and analyze the relationship between these three variables.

Envisioning Climate Change Using a Global Climate ModelRun climate modeling software to visualize how temperature and snow coverage might change over the next 100 years.

Other EET chapters that explore ocean coring include:

Exploring Seafloor TopographyExplore a timeline about how we have learned about the oceans. Construct a profile across the Atlantic Ocean and create 3-D visualizations of the seafloor.

Climate History from Deep Sea SedimentsAccess Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) core data to identify appropriate bathymetric depths for locating desired marine sediments. Locate potential core, log, and seismic data to graphically map the marine sediment biostratigraphy. USe the CHRONOS portal to download and examine ocean floor core data from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

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