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What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?

Examine climate data and models to predict Earth's future climate.

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Earth's climate is continually changing and is in a warming period now, due in part to enhanced human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Throughout this module, you will explore interactions between factors in the climate system that affect Earth's atmospheric temperature. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat energy. Sunlight can be reflected by snow- and ice-covered surfaces, or it can be absorbed by darker surfaces.

You will examine graphs of greenhouse gas concentration and temperature change. You will run experiments with computational models to compare the effect of different levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, and hear from a climate scientist. By the end of the module you will be able to explain how scientists can be certain that Earth’s climate is changing while not being entirely certain about how much it will warm.

This module contains five activities, each approximately 45 minutes long.

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<a href="stem-resources/what-future-earths-climate">The Concord Consortium. What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2014, June 30.</a>

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What Is the Future of Earth's Climate? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/what-future-earths-climate).

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What Is the Future of Earth's Climate? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/what-future-earths-climate).

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What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?. (2014, June 30). Retrieved 2016, August 23, from The Concord Consortium: http://concord.org/stem-resources/what-future-earths-climate

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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High-Adventure ScienceThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's High-Adventure Science project.

Grade Level
Middle School, High School, Higher Education
Subject
Earth and Space Science
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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