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CO2 Weather Movies
http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/carbontracker/weather_movie.html

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Animations of CO2 concentration in the free troposphere, as simulated by NOAA's ESRL CarbonTracker.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models that represent the climate system and make predictions about its future behavior. Results from these models lead to better understanding of the linkages between the atmosphere-ocean system and climate conditions and inspire more observations and experiments. Over time, this iterative process will result in more reliable projections of future climate conditions.
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Computer modeling explores the logical consequences of a set of instructions and a set of data. The instructions and data input of a computer model try to represent the real world so the computer can show what would actually happen. In this way, computers assist people in making decisions by simulating the consequences of different possible decisions.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Tutorial provides more info, which may be of use to the instructor to look at prior to showing in class.
  • Some guiding questions to stimulate inquiry and discussion might include the following: What time of year and what region have the highest concentrations of tropospheric CO2?; What might be some of the contributing factors?; What role does weather play in the distributing and mixing of CO2 in the atmosphere?; Why does the northern hemisphere have more variability in concentrations of CO2 than the southern hemisphere?

About the Science

  • Animated simulations based on data from the global CO2 collection network begun by Charles David Keeling in 1958 during the International Geophysical Year (IGY).
  • Animations show seasonal and regional variability of carbon dioxide emissions in recent years.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The movies are available in Quicktime and animated GIF format.
  • Quicktime files can be paused and played back with slider but animated GIF cannot.

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