This tutorial provides the evidence that the amount of CO² in the atmosphere has not been as high as it is currently for nearly half a million years and that this increase corresponds with data that human activity is responsible. Learners examine scientific data showing increases in both atmospheric becomes CO² and the Earth's average temperature and analyze changes in atmospheric concentration of CO² over time. They reflect on some of the barriers involved in teaching global climate change and how using data in the classroom may be used to overcome those barriers. Multimedia resources such as video clips, a data visualization exercise featuring digital resources on climate.nasa.gov, and an interview with NASA climate scientist, Dr. Gavin Schmidt, are included. This is the second of ten self-paced professional development modules providing opportunities for teachers to learn about climate change through first-hand data exploration. Lesson plans for middle and high school students, descriptions of data collection instruments, glossary links to vocabulary are included.


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Earth Science,Informal Education,NSDL,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Climate,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Earth system science,Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS),Mathematics,Atmospheric science,Mitigation,Adaptation,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Atmosphere,Life Science,Mauna Loa,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123735218T,Geoscience,Mathematics:Data collection, analysis and probability



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