California Climate and the Atmosphere

Laura Wharton, Annette Brickley, Challenger Center for Space Science Education

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In this 3-part lesson, students explore California climate and factors that are leading to changes within this climate system. Students begin by exploring California's climate and the state's topography. Next, they investigate coastal versus inland climate. Finally, they use My NASA Data to explore the effects of El Niño/La Niña on two locations found at the same latitude.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Natural causes, Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Natural causes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climatology :Regional climates, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climatology :El Nino/La Nina
Resource Type: Activities
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Oceanography, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science