Galen McKinley, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy affects quality of life .
6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
Human use of energy.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Direct students to watch each projection at least twice: Once while focusing on the graph being produced, and then again to watch changes in the graphic at the bottom of the page.
About the Science
- An interactive way to look at the global carbon cycle and its relationship with global warming.
- The estimated global temperature response is a rough scaling based upon average IPCC AR4 (2007) model sensitivity to atmospheric CO2.
- Students can adjust CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and land use (sources) and uptake from oceans and land (sinks).
- Comments from expert scientist: A one-of-a-kind resource that I use frequently in graduate and undergrad teaching, teacher training, and K-gray outreach. An essential tool for teaching climate science, climate policy, scenario development and integrated assessment.
About the Pedagogy
- Excellent graphic that shows changes in the carbon cycle given different scenarios of fossil fuel use in the future.
- Students use the interactive as a tool to predict what temperature conditions on Earth will be given different levels of carbon injected into the atmosphere.
- Shows the complexities of climate change and the usefulness and limitations of modeling.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- The teacher may need to explain to students that they must select a button under sources or sinks before they can manipulate the graph on the left.
- Good introductory material on home page http://carboncycle.aos.wisc.edu/. Easy to use and analyze the results.
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