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Temperature: Decadal Averages Map

California Energy Commission, California Energy Commission

This interactive map allows students to experiment with decadal average temperature projections. Overall temperatures are expected to rise throughout the century and this tool demonstrates those projected measurements.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • For a typical high school classroom, climate models and what they are need to be defined and understood prior to using this interactive.
  • The related stories below the tool could be used to have students debate the consequences of climate change on electricity use, adequate water supply, and wildfires.

About the Science

  • Students can investigate projected temperature changes for the state of California given two different carbon emission scenarios. They can also graph temperature changes predicted for their town within the state of California.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This animation of future climate scenario temperature predictions allows the user to look at average decadal low, average, and high temperatures for the southwestern United States. Students can change between model runs and ensemble runs, and change from temperature to sea-level-rise to snowpack to precipitation. This interactive tool is a great way to explore future climate predictions, if one accepts that regional-scale predictions of surface temperatures from global climate models are accurate enough to examine on a regional basis.

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Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Interactive tool very clean and well-designed. Easy to use.
  • An instructions tab is located at the top menu bar that briefly outlines the tool.
  • The tool is specifically designed for the state of California only.

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