Drew Drew Jones, Nicholas Owens, Climate Interactive
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- One of a suite of simulations designed to help convey the challenge of reducing emissions and how various reduction scenarios will play out on sea level and temperature.
- There is no specific teacher's guide for this animation. Interested educators will need to refer to material on the C-ROADS simulator that was used to develop the outputs. See: http://climateinteractive.org/simulations/C-ROADS/overview.
About the Science
- A simple simulation with slider bar that shows how different scenarios impact sea level rise, temperature, atmospheric CO2 and Global CO2 emissions.
- This simulation was designed by Drew Jones and Nicholas Owens of Booksmuggler using output from the C-ROADS (Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support) simulation (see http://climateinteractive.org/simulations/C-ROADS/overview).
- C-ROADS is a decision-maker-oriented simulation that helps users understand the long-term climate impacts of scenarios to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- There is a thorough technical reference (including data sources from IPCC AR4) for C-ROADS at http://climateinteractive.org/simulations/C-ROADS/technical/technical-reference/C-ROADS%20simulation%20reference%20guide%20.
- Comments from expert scientist: Illustrates the concept of CO2 "residence" time, and that there is some level of committed climate change, regardless of emissions reductions (i.e. "climate momentum"). I think this is a concept a lot of people don't appreciate, so this is a useful tool. Presentation is nice and clean; easy to understand what's happening, even for a general audience.
About the Pedagogy
- This visualization is a convenient way of presenting four important projected climate impacts for years 2000-2100 based on six different scenarios.
- It would be helpful to have more info about the scenarios – although the bottom panel (CO2) emissions gives a good indication of what drives the simulations.
- By comparing the results, students will get a sense of the impacts of several global policy options.
- Because users are not running the full C-ROADS simulations but rather looking at the outputs from the six different runs, they may not fully appreciate the policy options or how the results are obtained, but this can serve as an introduction to help set the stage for examining the assumptions and data embedded in the C-ROADS simulator.
- One small but important piece of the puzzle this simulation demonstrates is that sea level and temperature will continue to rise even if we achieve 95% reduction of carbon emissions.
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