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7.3 Environmental quality.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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- Educators will need to scaffold this animation to ensure that the information presented is well understood by learners.
- When teaching about the greenhouse effect, using the term "heat," as this animation does, may confuse students, especially if they think of heat as a verb. The more accurate technical term "outgoing long wave IR radiation" may prove more difficult to convey, but ultimately is a clearer depiction of Earth's energy balance.
About the Science
- The animation is an accurate general overview of Earth's energy balance, but educators should recognize some of the sun/Earth dynamics have been oversimplified.
- For example, the atmosphere does filter out some short wave energy from the sun, such as extreme ultraviolet and X-rays.
- In general, the animation provides a good overview of the incoming shortwave radiation from the sun, and Earth radiating long wave Infrared Radiation (IR) once it has been warmed by the short wave visible and IR.
- Comment from expert scientist: Animation is a clear illustration of the physical process, but should only be used at an entry level.
About the Pedagogy
- This can be used with other CLEAN selected activities relating to Earth's energy balance: http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html?search_text=earth+energy+balance+greenhouse+effect&Search=search
- Due to the animation, the visualization may communicate the step-by-step process of the greenhouse effect better than static visualizations.
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