Using the IPCC Report to Teach about Climate
Sian Hayley Proctor, Geology, South Mountain Community College
SummaryI would like to create a real-world lesson using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2013 Summary Report. This report is designed to provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. There is a summary report for policy makers that includes highlighted conclusions covering 1) Observed Changes in the Climate System; 2) Drivers of Climate Change; 3) Understanding the Climate System and its Recent Changes, and 4) Future Global and Regional Climate change. There is a 10 minute video that explains the process so that students can better understand how the report was created. I think this will be a very good lesson to introduce climate change to students.
Individuals with expertise/responsibilities in the following areas have helped create the case study:
The stakeholders involved are everyone because this is a global issue. The report was written by an international panel consisting of authors from over 10 countries.
Key teaching points:
The key concepts are:
- What are the observed changes in the climate system?
- What are the drivers of climate change?
- How do we understand the climate system and its recent changes?
- What will the future global and regional climate change be?
How this example is used in the classroom:
I envision that this will be used in maybe a jigsaw fashion where each concept is given to a group of students to analyze and then present to the class. I think it will be a great way to introduce climate change to students. I would start with everyone watching the video and then dividing each section of the report to the designated groups. I would maybe have the students create a final PowerPoint about their question to the rest of the class.
ReferencesThe websites are:
Climate Change 2013 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yiTZm0y1YA&feature=youtu.be
Climate Change 2013 Summary Report: http://www.ipcc.ch/