Thursday, August 30, 2012

Climate Change Modules from the COMET Program

The COMET Program recently released three short modules relating to the impacts of climate change. Free registration is required in order to access these modules.  Each module takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete and is available in both a video and print format.  The print version of each module includes figures that can be incorporated into Powerpoint presentations.
  1. "Climate Change and Regional Impacts": An overview of the different effects climate change has produced in different regions of the United States. In addition, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future and what those projections currently are.
  2. "Climate Change and Extreme Weather": Discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in local extreme weather events. The role of natural variability is also explained, and the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
  3. "Climate Change and Sea Level Rise": Looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientist expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases.
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Alignment to NC Essential Standards  (grades 9-12)

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