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Author

Daniela Hernandez

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Video, 5 minutes, 59 seconds, CC

Regional Focus

Global

Attribution Science: Linking Climate Change to Extreme Weather

Synopsis
  • This video describes the ways that attribution scientists can identify the links between extreme weather events and climate change. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video helps students understand the level of detail and accuracy involved with climate models.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the scientific method.

Differentiation

  • Government and civics students could discuss the implications of this research with regard to national policies and funding.
  • Science and social studies classes could use this when discussing climate action, climate policies, and global climate action.
  • Other resources on this topic include The Cost of Carbon and this Table of Solutions.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a 6-minute video that explores the state of attribution science, which is a field of study in which we attribute a portion of a given extreme weather event directly to human-caused climate change. A warming event in the eastern Pacific Ocean is used as an example. This resource does an excellent job describing the complexities of attribution science in a clear manner and exploring the impacts that climate change and attribution science will have on our decision-making in the future. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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