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Climate Wizard

University of Southern Mississippi University of Washington, Nature Conservancy

This is an interactive webtool that allows the user to choose a state or country and both assess how climate has changed over time and project what future changes are predicted to occur in a given area.

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Middle School: 1 Performance Expectation, 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 1 Performance Expectation, 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 5 Cross Cutting Concepts

Climate Literacy
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Climate is variable
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models
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Our understanding of climate
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Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Teachers should click on the Case Study link in upper right to see how the Climate Wizard is being used by other organizations.
  • Tool could be used in a social science class as well to explore how impacts of climate change could affect the economy.

About the Science

  • Website allows users to view historic temperature and rainfall maps for all land surfaces (except Antarctica), view state-of-the-art future predictions of temperature and rainfall for the same areas, and view and download climate change maps for these areas in a few easy steps.
  • Base climate projections are downscaled.
  • Comments from expert scientist: There's an impressive amount of good data presented in a user-friendly way. The choices of analysis areas are also good as users will primarily be interested in the U.S. and the globe. With the appropriate educated guide this site could teach people interested in climate a huge amount.

About the Pedagogy

  • The FAQ link in the top menu answers many questions that educators and students might have about how to use the climate wizard and background information on content and data.
  • Students can visualize local impacts.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • It takes time to familiarize oneself with all of the elements of this interactive.
  • High resolution and colors are engaging.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Simulation/Interactive supports:

Middle School

Performance Expectations: 1

MS-ESS3-5:Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Systems and System Models, Stability and Change, Cause and effect

MS-C2:Cause and effect

MS-C4:Systems and System Models

MS-C7.3:Stability might be disturbed either by sudden events or gradual changes that accumulate over time.

High School

Performance Expectations: 1

HS-ESS3-5: Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS2.D :Weather and Climate

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 5

Cause and effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

HS-C2:Cause and effect

HS-C4.3:Models (e.g., physical, mathematical, computer models) can be used to simulate systems and interactions—including energy, matter, and information flows—within and between systems at different scales.

HS-C4.4:Models can be used to predict the behavior of a system, but these predictions have limited precision and reliability due to the assumptions and approximations inherent in models.

HS-C7.2:Change and rates of change can be quantified and modeled over very short or very long periods of time. Some system changes are irreversible.

HS-C7.3:Feedback (negative or positive) can stabilize or destabilize a system.

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