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IPCC Scenarios for the Year 2100
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Robert A. Rhode, Globalwarming Art

The figure summarizes some of the key variations amongst the six illustrative scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in considering possible future emissions of greenhouse gases during the 21st century.

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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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Scientists have conducted extensive research on the fundamental characteristics of the climate system and their understanding will continue to improve. Current climate change projections are reliable enough to help humans evaluate potential decisions and actions in response to climate change.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • A description of the role of models in climate science should precede the viewing of these graphs. Instructors should review the units used on the graphs.
  • Each of the six scenarios could be assigned to different working groups that could investigate the scenario in depth and then report out to the other groups. Groups could be tasked with identifying which stakeholders might be invested in the scenario. Creative educator could create a debate. Each of the scenarios is only a possible outcome along with a range of decisions that are associated with the scenario.
  • Educator would benefit from making a structured support sheets to aid students.

About the Science

  • A visual way of looking at variations in population, income, energy use, cumulative CO2, distribution efficiency of energy, and fossil fuel portion of energy use projected under each of the six scenarios.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Good content information given for both students and teachers.
  • A good description of the different scenarios is given below the graphical representation. Each scenario represents a vision of the world that might occur if global warming were not a factor. This is an important disclaimer that isn't highly visible and should be clearly emphasized.
  • Links are provided for additional background and reference http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc/emission/093.htm1 , which provides users further explanation of each of the scenarios based on the IPCC report.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Graphic is offered in a variety of sizes to save to the desktop.

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