Initial Publication Date: November 10, 2016

Teaching the Impacts of Human Carbon Emissions on the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Economy

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Biosphere and Critical Zone
Wednesday, November 30th
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Thursday, November 17th

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Allison Dunn (Worcester State University), Sandra Penny (The Sage Colleges), and Cara Thompson (Arizona State University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Climate change is a grand challenge facing society and, for this reason, it is important for students to understand the underlying processes that govern the climate system so they can make informed decisions about economic and public policy. Analyzing the atmosphere-ocean-climate system will help students identify current and future scientific challenges related to anthropogenic CO2 emissions including increases in global temperature, ocean acidification, and resultant changes in the biosphere. Students can apply these scientific principles to economic and public policy decisions such as programs for regulating carbon emissions, which highlights their role in changing climate, oceans, and the atmosphere. This webinar highlights interactive, data-driven teaching strategies and examples ranging from in-class activities to capstone and summative assignments that address climate change, ocean sustainability, and carbon emissions regulation. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences teaching the impacts and of human carbon emissions on the atmosphere, oceans, climate, and economy.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • models for exploring how human carbon emissions affect the atmosphere, oceans, and climate
  • strategies for addressing issues related to carbon emissions
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
  • new colleagues engaged in this work


Time - 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is closed due to reaching capacity

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Allison Dunn, Earth, Environment, and Physics, Worcester State University

Cara Thompson, School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, Arizona State University–West Campus

Sandra Penny, Chemistry and Physics, The Sage Colleges


The powerpoint slides will be available here prior to the webinar

1) Welcome and introductory remarks – Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Earth's Thermostat module coauthor – Allison Dunn

  • Investigating Earth's changing temperature and the factors contributing to Earth's climate
  • Changes in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and underlying drivers
  • Activities for further exploring Earth's energy balance and climate, including a potential capstone activity

3) Ocean Sustainability module coauthor – Cara Thompson

  • The effects of atmospheric changes on physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean
  • Data driven student learning example: evidence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration and ocean acidification
  • Case study presented as a gallery walk: climate change and gray whale behavior

4) Regulating Carbon Emissions to Mitigate Climate Change module coauthor – Sandra Penny

  • Address uncertainty in projections of future temperature rise with an online climate change model – webdice
  • Discuss the economics and resulting political realities of carbon reduction strategies (i.e., cap & trade, carbon tax).
  • Summative assignment to write an op-ed piece on America's energy future.

5) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: What strategies do you use, or plan to use, to get students to connect scientific principles of climate change to their lives?

6) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about climate, oceans, and the atmosphere, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

7) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

8) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 593.4MB Nov17 16).

InTeGrate Climate and Energy Modules