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Climate Simulator

Duncan Clark, Mairead O'Connor, Richard Bangay, Cai Ellis, Rosie Roche, The Guardian

This is a simulation that illustrates how temperature will be affected by global CO2 emission trajectories. It addresses the issue that even if global emissions begin to decrease, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 will continue to increase, resulting in increased global temperatures.

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ngssSee how this Simulation/Interactive supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 6 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

About the Science

  • As a starting point, the user selects both the year in which global emissions will peak and the annual rate at which emissions will decline thereafter, and the tool graphs the resulting patterns of C02 concentration and global temperature.
  • The data used for the visualization is from the British National Weather Service, the Met Office.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The scientific strength of this activity includes the depiction of the relationship between atmospheric CO2 and global temperatures. The resource lacks references.

About the Pedagogy

  • The explanation provided (in the link "the idea behind our global simulator") gives good background and motivations for the simulator, definitely worth having students read this before using the simulator.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The simulator is very simple and easy to use, but to fully understand how to implement the use of the tool, user should read the background information first.

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