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Reef Builders through Time part of Teaching Activities
Peg Yacobucci, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Students will use the Paleobiology Database (PBDB) to explore the history of reef-building animals through time. They will document diversity and extinction patterns through time for seven reef-building marine ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Subject: Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources
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Unit 5: Growth and Decay of Ice Sheets part of Modeling Earth Systems
David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Large continental ice sheets, such as the Laurentide Ice Sheet from the last glaciation, as well as Antarctica and Greenland of today, are some of the most important features of the global climate system — they ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Resource Type: Activities: Course Module, Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Environmental Science, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Paleoclimate records
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Unit 6: Hydrologic Balance and Climate Change part of Modeling Earth Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College
In this unit, students create a STELLA model of the Owens River chain of lakes in eastern California and then experiment with different climate change scenarios to simulate the Pleistocene history of lake filling ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, Course Module
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Global change modeling, Climate feedbacks, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Climate feedbacks, Impacts of climate change
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Unit 7: Heat Flow in Permafrost part of Modeling Earth Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College
In this unit, students create a STELLA model of heat flow in the top 1 km of Earth's crust to explore the use of Arctic borehole temperature profiles as recorders of anthropogenic warming. The exercise draws ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, Course Module
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change
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Unit 2: Modeling Population part of Modeling Earth Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College; David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
In this unit, students create three different STELLA models to explore a variety of concepts related to population growth and resource use. The first model simulates the classic lynx-snowshoe hare predator-prey ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Resource Type: Activities: Course Module, Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Environmental Science, Human Population, Geoscience, Geography, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology
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Unit 3: Simple Climate Models part of Modeling Earth Systems
Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College
Students will explore Earth's radiation budget using several versions of a simple climate model often referred to as a "layer model." Earth receives energy from the sun, some of which is reflected ...

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, Course Module
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse effect, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Greenhouse effect, Climate feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
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Unit 8: Thermohaline Circulation part of Modeling Earth Systems
David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
In this module, students first review some background material on density-driven deep currents in the oceans, and then create a STELLA model of the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean. The model ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, Course Module
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Global change modeling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Global change modeling, Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks
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Unit 9: Carbon Cycle and Ocean Chemistry part of Modeling Earth Systems
David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
In this module, students first review some background material on the terrestrial, marine, and anthropogenic processes involved in the storage and transfer of carbon in the Earth system. The students then build a ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Resource Type: Activities: Course Module, Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change
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Summative Assessment: Creating a model part of Modeling Earth Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College; Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College; David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
The summative assessment for this course requires students to construct, utilize, and critique a numerical model of a climate-related Earth system of their choosing. The project involves four pieces: creating a ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geography, Environmental Science
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Magma Degassing and Eruption Style 2 part of Magma Labs
Jessica Larsen, University of Alaska Fairbanks
This activity provides an opportunity for students to work with real data collected from samples from the 2008 eruption of Okmok volcano, Alaska. The homework activity explores how magma gas content can be ...

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Igneous Rocks
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