Jump to this Static Visualization »
Estimated International Energy Flows 2007
https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/content/international/2007EnergyInternational.pdf

Clara Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

This Energy Flow Charts website is a set of energy Sankey diagrams or flow charts for 136 countries constructed from data maintained by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and reflects the energy use patterns for 2007.

Discuss this Resource»
Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
Other materials addressing:
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
Other materials addressing:
4.2 Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
Other materials addressing:
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Learn more about the Benchmarks

Increased knowledge of the properties of particular molecular structures helps in the design and synthesis of new materials for special purposes.
Explore the map of concepts related to this benchmark
Industry, transportation, urban development, agriculture, and most other human activities are closely tied to the amount and kind of energy available. People in different parts of the world have different amounts and kinds of energy resources to use and use them for different purposes.
Explore the map of concepts related to this benchmark

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Teachers must come up with their own strategies to make use of this tool by either creating a lesson around this information or carefully inserting this tool into a unit.
  • While these diagrams may be initially difficult for some learners to grasp, a careful initial walk through followed by "pair and share" can help make the basic "spaghetti diagram" logic easier to understand.
  • These flow charts can be used in an energy unit with a well-crafted inquiry and discovery project that guides students through a global "compare and contrast" worksheet/exercise where they can construct their own conclusions.
  • Educators will want to discuss impact of population, geography, and seasonal variability on the magnitude and timing of energy use.

About the Science

  • The diagrams show domestic and imported energy for each country.
  • These flow charts provide overviews of energy input and outputs, allowing users to examine the diverse energy portfolios of diferent nations.
  • For example, these diagrams show that the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are largest exporters of oil; France relies heavily on nuclear power for generating electricity; Costa Rica is rich in Geothermal; and New Zealand has a mix of renewable energy (Geothermal, Hydro and Wind) as part of its portfolio.
  • Because the development and vetting of these flow charts takes several years, the data are from 2007. Since then, countries such as China, Brazil, and India have had significant energy portfolio changes.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Except for the fact there is no page or country finder (maps are in alphabetical order by nation) this resource compiles the energy flow data from IEA into a scrollable, user-friendly document that provides visual analysis of our global energy resources.
  • Provides a visual representation to frame the sources and use of energy by nations around the world.
  • Teachers will need to find ways to scaffold this information.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • More information about Sankey diagrams can be found at: http://www.sankey-diagrams.com
  • Additional versions of these charts can be found at the parent URL listed below.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

http://flowcharts.llnl.gov

Jump to this Static Visualization »



Have you used these materials with your students? Do you have insights to share with other educators about their use? Please share with the community by adding a comment below.

Please use this space only for discussion about teaching with these particular materials.
For more general discussion about teaching climate literacy please use our general discussion boards.
To report a problem or direct a comment to the CLEAN project team please use our feedback form (or the feedback link at the bottom of every page).
Off-topic posts will be deleted.

Join the Discussion


Log in to reply