Understanding Climate Induced Changes in Arctic Ice
William Armington, Susan Powers, Clarkson University, Potsdam NY
Type: Project Module
Length: 1-4 45 minute class periods
Content Area/Course: Physical Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science
Targeted Grade Level: High School (first component can be used for younger students)
Prerequisite Knowledge: Basic concept of climate change and changing temperatures.
Prerequisite Skills: Basic MS Excel graphing and trendline capabilities
Technology/web resources: internet access, MS Excel
Thinking skill development: Comprehension, synthesis, evaluation
NASA Resources Used: Model results in IPCC DDC, satellite images and interpretation, Tour of the Cryosphere video; My NASA Data (air and ocean temperatures compiled into spreadsheet)
Students use satellite images, temperature data and ice extent data to explore how Arctic Ocean ice coverage has changed with time and how it is correlated to changing temperatures. Data and image access are through web sites, an Excel spreadsheet prepared for this module with all relevant data.
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