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Unit 1: Climate Variability and Change
In this unit, you have considered climate factors that affected ancient cultures. This study guide provides an opportunity to test your understanding of some of the concepts you have learned, as well as new vocabulary. Test yourself by quizzing yourself on the terms with the definitions hidden below and by answering the concept questions.
New Vocabulary or Terminology:
- climate (how is it different from weather?)
- climate variability
- climate system
- forced climate change
- unforced climate change
- What factors affect the climate of a particular region?
- What external forcing mechanisms can cause a change in global climate?
- When is a climate feedback positive or negative? (Be able to draw a diagram of both.)
Climate Forecasting and Adaptation through the ages
The questions below test how well you can recall details about the article you read. The article contains other questions that focus more on applying your understanding and considering new perspectives. While those questions do not have specific "right" answers, it would be worth reviewing them, along with your class notes or discussion about those questions, after you have considered the questions below.
- Describe how the people of the Andes determined when to plant their crops.
- Where did the Mayans live?
- What are climate proxies?
- How can lake sediments provide information about past climate?
- What is the prevailing hypothesis regarding collapse of the Mayan civilization?
- Over the past 5000 years, at least four different groups of people have inhabited Greenland. Where did they all come from?
- How did Dr. D'Andrea reconstruct a record of air temperature in Greenland?
- Why did the Vikings abandon Greenland?