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Other materials addressing 5e
7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy affects quality of life .
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Suggestion to guide learners through the simulation step by step. The following PDF offers some guidance on facilitating a discussion: http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.org/pubs/Climate_Bathtub_Sim_Facilitator_Guide.pdf
About the Science
- The data and models used for the data are provided in the resource.
- Users watch the growth of human-generated CO2 emissions and CO2 removals from the atmosphere from 1950 to 2007 then select one of three choices: to allow increased carbon dioxide emissions, level off emissions, or to reduce emissions.
- The simulation then plays out each scenario in the graphs and bathtub. The goal is to have total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to stay below horizontal red line (and below the top of the bathtub) of 450 parts per million to avoid the most significant damage to the Earth's ecosystems and economies; the animation shows that the only way to achieve this is by reducing emissions.
- The graphs and bathtub animation were calculated in a system dynamic model built by Dr. T. Fiddaman.
- John Sterman and Booth Sweeney's paper provides an explanation of the dynamics behind the animated simulation: http://web.mit.edu/jsterman/www/Understanding_public.html
- The top of the bathtub is 450 ppm of CO2; however it could have been set higher or lower.
- Comments from expert scientist: The piece provides a visual demonstration of how fast CO2 emissions and removal from the atmosphere has taken place between 1950-2007 and how such trends change under different future scenarios. The background data provided on CO2 and Climate Change are well-described and easy to understand. Resource needs updating from 2007 to 2014 levels.
About the Pedagogy
- The simulation was designed in collaboration with The Sustainability Institute and Society for Organizational learning.
- An additional video is provided of Dr. Fiddaman explaining the model and the science - the pdf noted below is a better resource to view.
- The site offers multiple language options to translate the information for ESL students
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Simulation and video are embedded in page and open in new window.
- The instructions open in new window.
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANClimate Interactive: http://climateinteractive.org/
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