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Formative Assessment 3: Future Scenarios
In 100-150 words, you are expected to express a succinct, informed response to the question, based on the module content and assigned readings. In most cases there will be no specific correct answer, but your stated position must be supported.
Think of two different places with different climates that you are familiar with (e.g., Syracuse, New York and Flagstaff, Arizona, but not your hometown...that will be the focus of the Summative Assessment). Briefly describe the two different climates, the landscapes, ecosystems, and water resources, as best you can with limited additional research on the web. From Figure 3 and Figure 4, describe what the climate models predict will happen in each of these locations in terms of precipitation, runoff, soil moisture, ect.. What impacts would you expect those changes to have? How might water quality or availability be impacted? How might the economy or society be impacted? How might vegetation or fish species be impacted? Are there particular actions you might suggest to mitigate or adapt to expected climate change in these locations?
Submitting Your Essay
Bring your typed and printed answers to class.
Scoring and Rubric
Each answer will earn a maximum of 25 points, as described in the rubric below.
|Work Shown||Possible Points|
|Provides a well-reasoned response to the question posed||10|
|Uses correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure||5|
|Includes one or more references to specific materials in Module or assigned reading||5|
|Appropriate length (100-150 words)||5|