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2.5 Energy moves between reservoirs.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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- Educator should run the interactive model in the second activity with the entire class before letting them use it by themselves. Use this time to discuss what the yellow and red arrows represent and their behavior. Educator will also need to have a discussion about aerosols from erupted volcanoes.
- Good for professional development of teachers.
About the Science
- Focus of activity is the interactions among temperature, GHG concentrations, solar energy, feedbacks, and change over time as key factors in determining Earth's climate.
- No original data or links to the algorithms that went into the interactive model are provided.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Activities are all online, and student responses to questions posed in each activity can be entered and saved as they go, provided student is registered in the project portal (free).
- Working through the 5 activities, students explore interactions among factors that affect Earth's climate, using graphed data, an interactive model, and a taped interview with a climate scientist, to learn how scientists use historical data and Earth system interactions to make predictions about climate in the future.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- This set of activities runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 5 and above), Safari (versions 4 and above), Firefox (version 3.6.10 and above), and Internet Explorer (version 7, 8, or higher; note that version 6 or below does not work).
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