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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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- This interactive contains only California data. It will be of value only to educators in California or to those using California climate as an example.
- Educators may wish to develop a set of questions that students use this tool to answer.
- It is one of 9 useful tools/maps provided on the cal-adapt.org website http://cal-adapt.org/tools/. The maps are similar in design but display different data sets and parameters.
About the Science
- The visualization uses an interactive map to locate the area of interest and different map overlays to convey the information.
- Comment from expert scientist: An important message (regional variability of climate change and its impacts) is delivered in an easy-to-understand way, that motivates students to find out relations (e.g. to altitude) or look for their favorite places (home, holiday).
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- The map interface provides an effective way to contextualize the exploration of these data sets by students.
- Students can click on their local area or others across the state to access graphical information.
- The webpage also includes related stories.
- While the focus in this visually appealing interactive is on displaying the basic climate variables for a California region, it also offers a wealth of supporting materials about climate.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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