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Unit 5 Study Guide: Climate Components and Models

Use this guide to help organize your knowledge. Then test yourself by quizzing yourself on the terms with the definitions hidden and by answering the concept questions!

New Vocabulary or Terminology

  • climate system
  • feedback
  • threshold
  • forcing mechanism
  • ice core
  • greenhouse effect
  • greenhouse gas (GHG)

Conceptual Questions

  1. How are climate models constructed?
  2. What factors increase uncertainty in climate models?
  3. Why do some climate models produce different outcomes than others?
  4. What role do greenhouse gases play in climate?
  5. Which greenhouse gas concentrations do current human activities impact, and how are we contributing these to the atmosphere?
  6. What role do feedbacks play in attempts to predict future climate change?
  7. What do ice cores tell us about methane and carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere over the past 400,000 years?
  8. If we know that greenhouse gases have fluctuated in Earth's atmosphere in the past, why are we concerned about an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere right now?

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
Explore the Collection »