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Authors

Climate Reanalyzer, University of Maine and the Climate Change Institute

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Computer Science

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Environmental Change Model

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Synopsis
  • This interactive climate map combines NCAR and NASA climate models to provide detailed information about historic and future shifts in global and regional temperature, ice mass, biomes, and precipitation.
  • Students can select their region of interest, environmental condition, and time frame to view on the map, with a detailed description of the information provided below.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This model is easy to use and provides excellent instructions.
  • The colorful maps allow students to visually see how global warming will affect ecosystems and people all over the world.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The map for the U.S. Northeast provides the best image of Maine for students in that location.
  • If you have a slower Internet connection, press the stop button above the map and click through the temperatures slowly.
  • The IPCC RCP-8.5 is referring to an emissions scenario and the delta symbol means "change in" for the temperature scale at the top.

Differentiation

  • Younger students may need to know what types of plants and animals are present in the different biomes.
  • Advanced placement or college level students could read the linked scientific journal article about the sensitivity of the model to glacial forcings.
  • Biology students could use this tool to estimate the effects of climate change on native plants in their local area and present their findings to the class.
  • Social studies or economics students could use this tool to estimate the economic risks associated with letting climate change go unchecked for farmers, businesses, and our global economy.
Scientist Notes
This resource enables students to explore climate variables across the globe in response to different climate change scenarios and even past climate conditions. The methods used to evaluate the data are described and more information is directly linked. While the future climate scenarios are from the older RCPs from the 2014 IPCC report (not the more updated SSP scenarios from 2021), this resource is still highly recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-2 Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-5 Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
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