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Ten Signs of a Warming World

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA)

This is an interactive website that provides descriptive information and data related to ten key climate indicators. These climate indicators and related resources show global patterns and data that are intuitive and compelling teaching tools.

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Ocean as climate control, oceanic conveyor belt; abrupt changes in thermohaline circulation
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Climate is complex
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Definition of climate and climatic regions
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Climate is not the same thing as weather – defining difference
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Climate change vs. climate variability and patterns
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Changes in climate is normal but varies over times/ space
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Our understanding of climate
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Humans affect climate
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • In order to use this interactive as part of a rich lesson or unit, educator should examine all of the links to resources.
  • An entire week's worth of information to support the ten signs of warming are supplied on the website. Educators can personalize the extent to which they want to use this information for various age levels and range of content coverage.

About the Science

  • Within each of the 10 indicators, individual datasets can be explored for further inspection and zoomed in to specific periods of interest.
  • All data used are publicly accessible.
  • The 2009 State of the Climate served as a basis for the content on this website.
  • Comments from expert scientist: NOAA is an excellent organization devoted to atmospheric and oceanic research. Consequently, there are a large number of experts in climate change related to the topics presented in:"10 Signs of a Warming World". The final result is also excellent.

About the Pedagogy

  • Links to the reports that provide the content background are included. More importantly, there are many links under each indicator that lead to graphs of data trends, videos, feature articles, and grade-level resources in the CLEAN resource collection.
  • The interactive map provides a learn-more option that brings the user to an entire web page featuring data trends, articles, and multimedia that support that indicator of warming.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The interface is very clear and easy to use.
  • Must have internet or can use the teacher-provided Powerpoint presentation (lower left-hand corner of site) if internet connection is not available.

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